After more than seven years of work, producer Jason Blum has made a big change to the Five Nights at Freddy's movie. The survival horror video game series, which was made by Scott Cawthon, usually puts players in the role of a nighttime security worker at the restaurant's namesake family pizza place. They have to watch the security cameras, lights, doors, and vents to protect themselves from the evil animatronics that are the restaurant's colorful mascots. The Five Nights at Freddy's franchise started in 2014 with the game with the same name. It was made and published by Cawthon, and the nine mainline games and various spinoffs have gotten mostly good reviews. The game has also been the subject of many "Let's Play" videos on YouTube.
Due to how popular the game is, Warner Bros. has been working on a Five Nights at Freddy's movie since 2015. They bought the rights to the game and hired It producers Seth Grahame-Smith, Roy Lee, and David Katzenberg to produce. They also hired Ghostbusters: Afterlife's Gil Kenan to direct and Child's Play's Tyler Burton Smith to co-write. After having some creative differences with Cawthon, Blumhouse Productions would buy the rights to the franchise. They would work closely with the creator to make an adaptation, and they would eventually hire Chris Columbus, who worked on the Harry Potter movies, to write and direct. Due to more creative problems, Columbus would end up leaving the Five Nights at Freddy's movie, putting Cawthon and Blum back at the beginning. Now, the movie's producer has exciting news about how it's coming along.
People have been looking forward to this project for years, but Jason Blum just announced a big change on Twitter about the Five Nights at Freddy's movie. The film's producer shared a photo from behind the scenes, which showed that Jim Henson's Creature Shop was working with Blumhouse on the project and had already started making monsters for the horror adaptation. Check out this exciting new information:
A few months ago, Blum, the producer of the Five Nights at Freddy's movie, hinted that news about the project was "dangerously close" to being made public. Even though it's not clear if the above update is what Blum was hinting at before, it does show that a big step is being made behind the scenes, as the studio is now working with Jim Henson's Creature Shop to bring the scary creatures from Five Nights at Freddy's to life on the big screen. This is interesting because it is the company's first big step into the horror genre after mostly making family-friendly movies like the Dark Crystal and Muppets franchises.
Blumhouse may be trying to get a head start on pre-production, but the fact that Jim Henson's Creature Shop has started working on the Five Nights at Freddy's movie suggests that a new director may have been quietly brought on board. Since the studio has often used both new and returning directors over the years, it's hard to guess who will be in charge of the project. However, since Cawthon has been involved with the film from the beginning, it would be interesting to see if he and Blum decided to let the creator of the franchise make his directorial debut with the long-awaited adaptation. People will need to keep an eye out for more information about the Five Nights at Freddy's movie soon.