I’m not really a gamer, so I have no idea what Five Nights at Freddy’s is like, but this seems to be big news among the horror and gaming community.
Back in April producers Roy Lee, Seth Grahame-Smith and David Katzenberg (all from horror backgrounds) announced an movie adaptation of horror survival game Five Nights at Freddy’s. Now a director has been locked in to helm the project, and that person is Gil Kenan.
Kenan directed the recent Poltergeist remake, which I just watched and I thought it was terrible, but judging by what I have seen of this game, his style should be perfectly suited for it.
Deadline reported the news, and shared a brief description of what to expect:
Five Nights at Freddy’s is video game series created by Scott Cawthon. It is an online sensation that takes place in a Chuck-E-Cheese-like eatery, where an animatronic animal that is part of the house band becomes a murderer at night. Players who’ve been locked inside try to survive the rampaging murder machine and his furry cohorts. Hatched in 2014, this became a popular app game, and players have the benefit of seeing what’s coming thanks to a series of security cameras that warn of approaching danger.
Sounds good, but my only concern here is the security camera angle: are we heading into Paranormal Activity territory here? Hopefully not.
Kenan will write the script with Tyler Burton Smith. Roy Lee is producing with Seth Grahame-Smith and David Katzenberg and Adam Stone and Jay Ireland are exec producing with Jon Berg and Nik Mavinkurve overseeing for the studio.