Five Nights at Freddy’s Movie Gets a Director


Looks like yet another video game is about to make its way to the big screen, although in this case, it is a somewhat unlikely one. Five Nights at Freddy’s is an indie survival horror game that revolves around a Chuck E. Cheese-style pizzeria where the animatronic characters come alive at night and become murderous monsters. The first game became a huge hit almost overnight, prompting creator Scott Cawthon to release three sequels in the span of a year. Now Warner Brothers are in the process of setting up a movie and they have just chosen a director to make it happen: Gil Kenan, who most recently directed the Poltergeist remake. Hit the jump for more info.

According to Deadline, Gil Kenan has signed on to direct a Five Nights at Freddy’s movie for Warner Brothers. Kenan will co-write the screenplay with Tyler Burton Smith, who wrote for several video games including Sleeping Dogs and Quantum Break. He also wrote a spec script of his own called Spooked. Roy Lee will produce along with Seth Grahame-Smith and David Katzenberg.

Kenan seems like a decent if unremarkable choice, especially since his directorial debut Monster House was a throwback to ’80s Amblin movies and some of the games take place in that era. I haven’t played any of the games but I can definitely see some potential here, simply by virtue of the fact that those animatronic creatures are creepy as hell. Still, it seems crazy to me that this little indie game is getting turned into a studio horror movie and I refuse to believe it until I see a trailer. What do you think, could Five Nights at Freddy’s make for a great movie?

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  • Bandit Manatee

    Sean I think you hit the nail on the head. The concept for these games is actually really creepy and cool and I can’t think of a movie off the top of my head that has actually used this idea before… especially the specific idea of Chuck E. Cheese style animatronics

    The actual games though are kinda rush jobs though and pretty simplistic. I think this movie actually has a good chance of being better than the games and I am actually excited for a video game movie for once.

  • Jonny Ashley

    Its been really interesting following the maker of these games since he’s a one man team, and the fact that he made these all over the course of a single year. As slapjack as the games are, I think he deserves the attention and praise that the series has been getting on YouTube, because the designs and scares are genuinely creepy.

    Frank is gonna hate this. Jumpscares abound. I would love to see something R-Rated with this concept, but guessing by the director, it’ll probably be PG-13