It was bound to happen sooner or later. The internet sensation that is Five Nights at Freddy’s is officially being produced into a feature length film. For those of you not aware, Five Nights at Freddy’s is a point-and-click survival horror game in which the player takes the role of a security guard. As the night watch guard, you are in charge of viewing cameras and making sure Freddy’s remains safe through the night.
This may seem simple enough, except for the fact that Freddy’s is a Chuck-E-Cheese like restaurant featuring animatronic animal robots. Those animatronic friends also come to life every night and will attempt to shove you into a suit, resulting in your death. Your mission is to simply survive five nights at your new job. If you’ve never played the game, the best way to experience the game is vicariously through unsuspecting players:
As you can see, the game lends itself to a tense experience due to it’s mystery and jump scares. There is also a pretty good amount of humor, whether it be your introduction to the restaurant via phone message or just the dark comedy that comes with being killed by a pizza mascot.
Whatever the appeal may be, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed the Warner Bros. is officially developing a film based on the game. It will be produced by Roy Lee, Seth Grahame-Smith and David Katzenberg. Though no writers have been hired, the produces involved have many credits to their names, including this summer’s Poltergeist remake.
The producers had the following to say about the upcoming film:
“We’re looking forward to working with Scott to make an insane, terrifying and weirdly adorable movie.”
“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.”
While it may seem weird to base a movie off a short internet video game, there may be something here. I could see the film walking that line between horror and self-aware comedy. Not that it should be a spoof or anything, it should be scary at moments, but it shouldn’t play it 100% straight. Maybe something along the lines of Cabin in the Woods. While there are terrifying elements in that movie, it is filled with witty dialogue and comedic moments that show it is in on the joke.
What do you think? Are you looking forward to a feature length version of Five Nights at Freddy’s? Have you ever played the game? Should the movie be a comedy? Let us know in the comments below!
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