You’ve probably heard about Five Nights At Freddy’s by this point in your existence, either by playing the game, having rave at you about playing the game, or watching someone actually play it on YouTube. It’s an independent point and click horror/survival/nightmare scenario that takes place in a demented Chuck-E-Cheese restaurant full of jump scares.
If you haven’t heard of it, treat this as an introduction because the entire series is being adapted into a feature length film. Roy Lee, Seth Grahame-Smith, and David Katzenberg, the trio producing Cary Fukunaga’s adaptation of Stephen King’s It, are working with creator Scott Cawthon to bring the story of Freddy Fazbear’s Pizza to the big screen. From The Hollywood Reporter:
“We’re looking forward to working with Scott to make an insane, terrifying and weirdly adorable movie,” said Grahame-Smith.
“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,” said Cawthon.
Now you might be asking, “what is there to make a movie from here?” That’s a fair point because the game isn’t the deepest thing around on a surface level. But digging deeper into the actual events reveals quite a lot of story behind the fuzzy robotic characters attempting to eat your flesh while you guard a place that’s been closed down. It makes no sense, but there is a story in there somewhere.
Game Theory’s MatPat put together an extensive look at the story, including some of the real world influences that helped to create the game’s mythology. I don’t know if that would come into play for a film, but there is something there. There’s also a near infinite amount of fan theories and creations out there, which is honestly the real reason why this series took off so quickly. If created right, Five Nights could be a campy horror throwback that would be welcome in any midnight splatter collection. Or it could be horrible.
If you’re unfamiliar with the story, the fine folks at LORE have you covered in under a minute.