Jason Blum has revealed that the Five Nights at Freddy’s movie is still in active development, though he admits the Blumhouse team “haven’t quite figured it out” yet.Speaking to Inverse about the long-gestating video game adaptation, Blum opened up about some of the challenges that the creative team have faced in trying to bring the story to the big screen. He revealed it had been particularly difficult to choose which narrative threads to pick up for the screenplay, considering the range of expansive stories within the Five Nights universe.
“It’s still active,” Blum assured fans. “We haven’t quite figured it out, but we’re getting closer every day.”
He elaborated further, saying, “The story is the big challenge. You know, Five Nights at Freddy’s should have been easier because there are books, there’s a lot of lore and storytelling. For a video game, I think it has more storytelling than almost any other. But still, the story goes down so many rabbit holes. It goes down so many different directions. It’s big. Choosing which part to tell the first time out of the gate — and how to tell it — has been tricky.”
A movie based on the creepy video game franchise has been planned since 2015 but the movie has been met with several delays and roadblocks during its development. In February 2018, it was announced that Chris Columbus would direct and write the movie while also serving as a producer alongside Blum and Five Nights at Freddy’s creator Scott Cawthon. However, the production hit another snag in November 2018 when Cawthon rejected the greenlit screenplay.
Every Video Game Movie in Development (Almost)
For those unfamiliar with the FNaF franchise, the original 2014 video game follows a group of animatronic robots terrorizing a security guard at a Chuck E Cheese-esque kid’s restaurant called Freddy Fazbear’s Pizza. The popular horror video game series spans several titles, including a number of sequels, prequels, spin-offs, and even some bestselling novels.
The Five Nights at Freddy’s movie is just one of many titles in a growing slate of video game movies and TV series’ that have been announced, planned, or are currently in production, including Amazon’s Fallout TV series, Netflix’s Cyberpunk 2077 anime, and Sega’s live-action Yakuza movie, which is being produced by Erik Barmack, Roberto Grande and Joshua Long.