Do life size animatronic puppets scare the living hell out of you? They better, because that’s probably what Warner Bros. was banking on when they (according to a THR exclusive) acquired the film rights to Five Nights at Freddy’s. Roy Lee (Run All Night), Seth Grahame-Smith (the upcoming It, Gremlins, and Beetlejuice films), and David Katzenberg (the same as Grahame-Smith) are set to produce the adaptation of the popular video game series.
In Five Nights at Freddy’s, gamers play as a security guard working the night shift (it’s a horror game, of course it’s at night) at a Chuck E. Cheese-esque children’s restaurant, Freddy Fazbear’s Pizza. Living animatronic cartoon animals wander the halls of Freddy Fazbear’s, and have a habit of mutilating any living being they come across. There’s no collecting such-and-such’s or killing whatever’s involved in Five Nights – the player must simply survive the night (and four more) armed with little more than access to the security cameras, doors that won’t lock, and a limited power supply.
The games series, created by lone indie developer Scott Cawthon, gained its popularity in a way that wasn’t possible before this modern age. Its reputation for balancing a tense, nightmarish atmosphere with well-timed (and well-earned) jump scares spread through online video playthroughs, complete with players’ horrified reactions. Fans share theories about the game’s less-than-straightforward plot, and those theories in turn have gained their own notoriety.
Writers, directors, and a release date have not yet been divulged, but we’ll keep you updated as this horror story unfolds.
And by the way, you’ll never be ready.