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'Five Nights at Freddy's' Video Game Series Headed to Big Screen

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April 7, 2015
Source: THR

Five Nights at Freddys

Most video games nowadays are complex to play, loaded with mind-blowing graphics, and have big stories, big weapons and plenty of mayhem. But one recent popular video game series called Five Nights at Freddy's is just the opposite. The game places you at Freddy Fazbear’s Pizza, basically a knock-off version of Chuck E. Cheese's, and you're the newest overnight employee, tasked with keeping an eye on things at the restaurant. But then you learn that the animatronic animal band members come to life and can kill you if you don't pay attention. The game is simple to play, but scary as hell, and now it will be a movie. Read on!

THR reports Warner Bros. has picked up the rights to Scott Cawthon's video game series, which you can play on your computer or mobile devices right now. There have been three iterations of the game (the most recent was released just last month), with the sequels changing gameplay up slightly, but not enough to taint the appeal of the original, simple, terrifying game. Roy Lee of Vertigo Entertainment will produce along with Seth Grahame-Smith (writer of Beetlejuice 2 and Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter) and David Katzenberg through their KatzSmith Productions.

No writers are on board yet, but Grahame-Smith says, "We’re looking forward to working with Scott to make an insane, terrifying and weirdly adorable movie." Cawthon adds, "The story really lends itself to being a movie and it taps into a largely unexplored niche of horror that a lot of people will be able to relate to." The game really is spooky, and much of that comes from the creepy designs of the animal band, which filmmakers should have no problem duplicating. However, I'm not sure the tone of the game will lend itself to a serious horror film. But we'll see what happens as the studio starts development. Thoughts?

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  • Tuomas Lassila
    There needs to be a scene where some random stupid young couple breaks in Fazbears' at night and start to have sex, and then one of the animatronics comes stalking them creepily and eventually kills either another one of them or both. Just a random idea.
    • steve
      No. It's not a slasher. The only time sex scenes like those occur are in slashers. And nobody is going to break into a children's pizzeria to have sex in the middle of the night
      • Tuomas Lassila
        You're right, never mind :/
  • Miguel Garay Boszeta
    Perfect.
  • HarryFiddleSticks
    Oh man, jump scare the game will become jump scare the movie? I'll pass
  • DAVIDPD
    I would have rather been BULLY or a CONKER game movie.
  • TheOct8pus
    The main demographic for this video game is 10 year old kids. I wonder what the rating will be for this film? I personally can't stand Seth Grahame-Smith; I think he's a total hack.
    • theslayer5150
      That's funny, because my 9yo loves the game. I wonder if I should even tell him about this LOL
      • TheOct8pus
        Me too. My 9 year old and all his friends are obsessed with this game. I tried to get into it but....zzzzzz.......
  • mooreworthy
    Inevitable, but not watchable for me. Games just dont translate to good movies, especially horror themed. Silent Hill, Resident Evil, House of the Dead, Dead Rising...
    • MaqueeStalker
      There is not much here to translate. There is literally no story other than "you're the newest overnight employee, tasked with keeping an eye on things at the restaurant". Its kind of a blank slate. Making a horror movie sourced from a game, or not really makes no difference. It is very difficult to make a movie that has a creepy feel and gets the audience scared. Good luck to them.

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