Blumhouse to Adapt ‘Five Nights at Freddy’s’ Video Game Into a Movie

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A horror movie based on the wildly popular “Five Nights at Freddy’s” video game franchise is in the works for Blumhouse in collaboration with the game’s creator Scott Cawthon.

The studio has tapped Emma Tammi (“The Wind,” “Blood Moon”) to direct the “Five Night’s at Freddy’s” film, which according to an official synopsis follows a troubled security guard as he begins working at Freddy Fazbear’s Pizza. While spending his first night on the job, he realizes the night shift at Freddy’s won’t be so easy to make it through.

And bringing the terrifying animatronic characters to life for the film is none other than Jim Henson’s Creature Shop, which will work alongside Blumhouse on the film. In fact, work on the animatronics has already begun ahead of the studio planning an early 2023 production start for “Five Nights at Freddy’s.”

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Jim Henson’s Creature Shop will be working alongside Blumhouse to bring the game’s favorite animatronics to life. The innovative Oscar and Emmy-winning effects shop has already begun working on the animatronics in preparation for an early 2023 production start.

Cawthon, Tammi and Seth Cuddeback together wrote the screenplay for “Five Nights at Freddy’s.” The film will be produced by Blumhouse in association with Striker Entertainment. Scott Cawthon and Jason Blum will produce the film. Russell Binder is an executive producer.

The FNaF games are a series of point and click survivor horror games. Players must survive five nights while working as an evening security guard while aiming to avoid the shifting eyes of creepy and hostile animatronic animals that will pounce if they spot you getting out of line. Players can utilize security cameras, lights, air vents and other tools to avoid capture.

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The games now span nine games in the main franchise alongside numerous other spinoff games and forms of media. “Five Nights at Freddy’s” exploded in popularity after the release of the first game from 2014 after YouTube and video game streamers such as PewDiePie, Markiplier and Jacksepticeye, among others, found viral attention streaming their play throughs of the game, complete with teens posting their ludicrous reactions to the game’s many jump scares upon being captured.

A film adaptation of “Five Nights at Freddy’s” has been trying to get off the ground for years, dating back as far as 2015 when Warner Bros. had acquired the adaptation rights. But Cawthon has revealed over the years that the film had gone through numerous script issues, and directors such as Chris Columbus have come and gone from the project. But speculation started running rampant back in August when Blum had tweeted that he would be working with Jim Henson’s Creature Shop at the time for an unspecified projecet.

“In meeting with Emma, I felt she had a great understanding of the franchise, and really felt that she could craft something that would please the fanbase and keep people on the edge of their seats,” Scott Cawthon said in a statement about the film.

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“Stepping into the rich, terrifying world of Freddy’s alongside Scott Cawthon, Blumhouse and Jim Henson’s Creature Shop is beyond thrilling. I cannot wait for audiences to immerse themselves in the wild and wonderful playground we are creating,” Tammi added.

“’Five Nights at Freddy’s’ is more consistently asked about than any other film I’ve ever worked on, and I’m thrilled to confirm it’s finally happening! With Emma Tammi at the helm, we’re committed to making Scott’s vision of the movie come to life. Rest assured, it will be and is worth the wait,” said Jason Blum, Blumhouse CEO and founder.

Emma Tammi is represented by CAA, Atlas Artists and Jackoway Austen Tyerman Wertheimer Mandelbaum Morris Bernstein Trattner & Klein.

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