From writing Gremlins and The Goonies to directing Mrs. Doubtfire and the first two Harry Potter movies, Chris Columbus is responsible for pop culture cornerstones of multiple generations, and now he's looking to bring the Five Nights at Freddy's video game franchise to life on the big screen.
Revealed in a humorous post by Blumhouse on Twitter (see below), Columbus will write and direct a Five Nights at Freddy's movie for Blumhouse, who acquired the rights for the video game franchise after a movie adaptation did not move forward at New Line Cinema and Warner Bros., who previously had the film rights.
Created by Scott Cawthon and first released in 2014, the Five Nights at Freddy's franchise now spans five main video games and multiple tie-in books. Largely set at a Chuck E. Cheese-esque restaurant and entertainment center called Freddy Fazbear's Pizza, the Five Nights at Freddy's games allow you to play as a security guard trying to survive the haunted animatronic bears and other animals at the restaurant that come alive at night, leading to jump scares galore.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Cawthon will produce the Five Nights at Freddy's movie alongside Jason Blum and Columbus. No other details have been announced at this time, but we'll be sure to keep Daily Dead readers updated as more information is announced.
Five Nights at Freddy's has already cemented itself as one of the creepiest video games of the 21st century, and it has the potential to become the next big horror film franchise if the first movie does well. Are you looking forward to seeing Freddy Fazbear come to life in theaters?
— Blumhouse (@blumhouse) February 12, 2018