Chris Columbus, known for his work as the director of Home Alone, Mrs. Doubtfire, and the first two Harry Potter films, will be writing and directing the Five Nights at Freddy’s film. The movie is to be produced by Blumhouse, known as the studio that produced horror flicks like Get Out and The Purge.
The news was announced via the Blumhouse Twitter account, simply saying, “Mr. Columbus, are you ready for Freddy?”
The Five Nights at Freddy’s video games by Scott Cawthon proved to be a massive indie hit when they first arrived in 2014. There have been six main entries in the game franchise, with the most recent, Freddy Fazbear’s Pizzeria Simulator, having released in 2017. Two novels have also released. The games revolve around the Freddy Fazbear pizzeria establishment, a Chuck E. Cheese-inspired restaurant that features an animatronic band. At night, the robots come to life, and it’s up to the player to defend themselves until dawn breaks.
The film was originally slated to be directed by Gil Kenan (Poltergeist) for Warner Bros./New Line, but Blumhouse picked up the rights to the project in 2017.