A few years ago, it was announced that the wildly successful mobile horror game Five Nights at Freddy’s would be heading to the big screen, although at the time it seemed like one of those properties that might get optioned without ever actually getting made. As it turns out, Warner Brothers and New Line failed to move forward with the movie and last March they let the rights lapse. That’s when Blumhouse swooped in to pick up the project instead. Now this week they have revealed that they have a pretty high-profile director lined up in the form of Chris Columbus. Blumhouse made the announcement via Twitter yesterday:
— Blumhouse (@blumhouse) February 12, 2018
Five Nights at Freddy’s revolves around a night security guard working at a Chuck E. Cheese-like restaurant where the creepy animatronic creatures come to life. The series has been so successful that there are now six installments not to mention a series of novels, toys and other tie-in merchandise. Gil Kenan (Monster House, Poltergeist) was attached to direct back when Warner Brothers was working on the movie, but Columbus seems like a decent fit as well, having worked on plenty of slightly spooky genre stuff for a younger audience including Gremlins, The Goonies and the first two Harry Potter films. Most recently he directed Pixels starring Adam Sandler. Are you looking forward to a Five Nights at Freddy’s movie?