And you thought your work week was bad: Try surviving five nights in a Chuck E. Cheese-style murder house.
The beloved campy video game series “Five Nights at Freddy’s” has landed a live-action film, with Josh Hutcherson and Matthew Lillard playing crazed security guards at Freddy Fazbear’s Pizza, where animatronic corporate mascots come to life at night. Jim Henson’s Creature Shop is behind bringing toys to life for the big screen.
Based on the survival horror video game series of the same name, “Five Nights at Freddy’s” is directed by Emma Tammi (“The Wind,” “Into the Dark”). Tammi co-wrote the film with video game creator Scott Cawthon, who self-published the hit game in 2014. Seth Cuddeback also co-wrote the screenplay.
“Five Nights at Freddy’s” was filmed in New Orleans, with horror company Blumhouse producing along with Striker Entertainment. Creator Cawthon produces with Jason Blum and executive producer Russell Binder.
“Five Nights at Freddy’s” spawned nine sequels, several spin-off games, comic books and a trilogy of novels. The film adaptation comes on the heels of the toy-centric movie ‘Barbie’ and the viral video game adaptation series ‘The Last of Us’.
Production company Blumhouse also announced a “horror-themed” video game subsidiary in February 2023, with Zach Wood as president of Blumhouse Games and Dan Sechler as CFO. According to a press release, Blumhouse Games will be collaborating with independent game developers on original games for console, PC and mobile platforms. It will focus on indie-budget games (under $10 million), which fits the company’s low-budget “spirit of its movie business.”
Also, Blumhouse and Atomic Monster are looking to merge; a deal is expected to be solidified this summer.
“Five Nights at Freddy’s” will premiere October 27 in theaters at Universal Pictures. Check out the trailer below.