Joke’s on us: A Five Nights at Freddy’s movie is actually happening
Someone better pick up that phone, cuz I friggin’ called it.
Despite it being the subject of ribbing in an article Rely on Horror posted in the spirit of April Fool’s Day not even a week ago, it would seem that Warner Bros. studios has picked up the rights for a film adaptation of Scott Cawthon’s Five Nights at Freddy’s series of horror video games.
No, this is not a joke. Yes, this is actually happening.
According to Cawthon, the film will “[tap] into a largely unexplored niche of horror that a lot of people will be able to relate to.” Cawthon also confirmed that the film will star the same malevolent animatronics that series fans know and love, so anyone who was worried that the film would betray the spirit of the games can rest easy.
Although the film is still seeking a writer and has no director attached to it at the time of writing, executive producer Seth Grahame-Smith assures that he and the other producers are “looking forward to working with Scott to make an insane, terrifying and weirdly adorable movie.”
The FNaF series has produced three fully-fledged games (all of which are available on Steam and iOS) since the launch of the first installment this past summer, so depending on the film’s release date we could potentially see the release of three games and a movie based on a single series in the course of two years. No matter what your feelings on the series are, that’s pretty damn impressive.