The first update in a long time on the film adaptation of the Five Nights at Freddy’s video game franchise is definitely a mixed message.
Blumhouse Productions chief executive Jason Blum in a recent interview said Chris Columbus–best known for his work on the Home Alone and Harry Potter franchises–will not direct the Freddy adaptation as expected, according to a report on collider.com.
“Chris Columbus is no longer attached,” Blum said when asked about the status of the film. Columbus reportedly was tapped to write and direct the adaptation back in 2018, but apparently things have changed. Blum did not expound on his announcement, and declined to say if a new director has been chosen. “That is classified information,” he said.
The film reportedly has been delayed all this time due to concerted efforts to get the script right. “It’s really tough to crack,” Blum said. “We’ve written multiple scripts and we’re threading a needle–which is doing justice to Five Nights at Freddy’s and making Scott (Cawthon) happy. I don’t want to do something that Scott doesn’t like.”
The last news from the camp of video game creator Cawthon was that scripts were being worked on and shooting was expected to start in the spring of this year. Obviously, problems arose somewhere along the way, and those plans were scrapped.
But the glass is still half-full. Blum confirmed that the movie version is still in the pipeline. “We’re a long way from giving up,” he said. “And I’m confident eventually I will figure it out.”
The 2014 horror video game Five Nights at Freddy’s proved so popular that it quickly blossomed into a successful franchise–with several core games, sequels, prequels, a spinoff, three novel adaptations and an array of merchandise.
The basic storyline behind the game takes place in Freddy Fazbear’s Pizza, with a player controlling a night security guard and various tools in order to survive attacks by an army of animatronic characters that turn homicidal after hours.
Keep reading Horror News Network for the latest updates on the fate of the film adaptation of Five Nights at Freddy’s.