Will the 'Five Nights at Freddy's' Mascots Play Another Night?

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Josh Hutcherson took audiences to a Chuck E. Cheese from hell in his new film, Five Nights at Freddy’s. Despite the grisly journey–which features possessed animatronics, among other horrors—fans are already eager for more. Some might call it the Hutcheraissance. (OK, maybe that’s just me). Really, though, I think people just want to know what happens next. How could you not, after watching that post-credit scene?

Five Nights at Freddy’s is based on the popular video game of the same name. The movie chronicles Mike Schmidt's (Hutcherson) brief employment at a defunct pizza-party venue. Over the course of five nights, Schmidt guards the premises, but he soon realizes the minimum-wage gig comes at a major price. When the animatronics mascots turn into bloodthirsty killers, Schmidt is forced to fight for his life. Naturally, this leads to an hour and fifty minutes of terror at the hands of partially robotic (and partially furry!) killers. Five Nights at Freddy’s premiered on October 27 in theaters and on Peacock, and fans are already asking about a sequel.

In an interview with Variety, director Emma Tammi hinted that the future of Five Nights at Freddy’s hinges on audience turnout. “We’ll see how things go this weekend,” she said. “We’re definitely excited to keep making more movies in this world, should we be lucky enough to do that. This one was tied into the first game, and we would probably focus on tying the second one into the second game, and so on and so forth. But anything could happen. We’ll have to see.”

So far, Five Nights at Freddy’s has been a hit at the box office. Variety reports the movie has grossed $80 million in North America and $132 million globally, far outpacing its $20 million budget. Streaming numbers have yet to be released, but things are looking good for the Freddy’s crew. While we wait for more good news (fingers crossed), here is everything we know about the future of the franchise.

What Will Happen in the Five Nights at Freddy’s Sequel?

If Tammi is correct and the film follows the video game series, then the Five Nights at Freddy’s sequel would actually be a prequel. The second game takes place in the '80s and shows how the animatronics were possessed in the first place. You know what? After seeing a killer mascot bite off a man's face, a little backstory would be much appreciated!

Who Will Appear in the Five Nights at Freddy’s Sequel?

Unfortunately, a prequel means we have to say goodbye to Mike Schmidt. Don’t fret! The prequel features a different—albeit also unlucky—chap, by the name of Jeremy. When good ol’ Jeremy works the graveyard shift at Freddy’s Pizzeria, he answers a phone call from someone who warns the animatronics are up to no good. As expected, chaos unfolds, revealing a cast of new characters, villains, and victims.

When Will the Five Nights at Freddy’s Sequel Premiere?

If wishes really do come true, a sequel could be ready by late next year. Five Nights at Freddy’s began filming in February of 2023 and wrapped in April, meaning production took around eight months to complete. Depending on the SAG-AFTRA strike, production on the sequel could be fast-tracked to the big screen.

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