‘Five Nights At Freddy’s’ Adaptation To Start Filming

No one should have to wait in a pizza parlor for five years–and this particular wait in this decidedly different pizza joint finally will get a little easier starting next year.

The film adaptation of the hit horror video game Five Nights at Freddy’s will begin production in the spring of 2021, according to movieweb.com. Franchise creator Scott Cawthon this week announced on Reddit that the start of principal photography on the film is only a few months away.

Cawthon said the long, drawn-out process of bringing his 2014 horror game to the big screen was caused by slogging through a pile of rejected scripts from major studios, directors, writers and Cawthon himself and the changing of film studios. A script has now been approved, Cawthon said. “Yeah, we’re going with this one,” he said, referring to the final storyline. “It’s fun, it’s scary and it has a great central story!” And that was all he would reveal at this time.

The movie’s current production studio–Blumhouse Productions–this week confirmed the news on its Twitter page. The game franchise originally was optioned by Warner Bros. in 2015–it switched over to Blumhouse in 2017.

No screenwriter, director or casting has been confirmed as of this writing, but director Chris Columbus has been connected with the project in the past. So stay tuned.

The original Five Nights at Freddy’s game proved so popular that it quickly morphed into a successful franchise in all directions. The series now has seven core games–with another being planned for next year–and includes sequels, prequels, a spinoff game, three novel adaptations, a guidebook, an activity book and an array of merchandise.

The basic story driving the game takes place in Freddy Fazbear’s Pizza, where a player takes control of a nighttime security guard and must use security cameras and various other tools to survive against an army of animatronic characters which become mobile (and homicidal) after hours. Do you want pepperoni on that pie?

Keep reading Horror News Network for further updates on production and casting for this film adaptation of Five Night at Freddy’s.

Thomas Tuna
Thomas Tuna
Thomas A. Tuna is a comic book veteran who began his writing career back in the ’70s with Charlton Comics, contributing to such horror titles as Ghost Manor, Haunted, The Many Ghosts of Dr. Graves and Ghostly Haunts. Most recently, he has served as a writer and editor (with more than a smattering of horror yarns) for such comic book websites as Hyper Epics and Red Moon Features. Some of his favorite horror flicks include Jaws, Salem’s Lot, Dracula (with Frank Langella) and Blade. His favorite horror comic books? Tomb of Dracula (by Marv Wolfman and Gene Colan) and Swamp Thing (by Len Wein and Berni Wrightson).

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