We first got wind of a feature film based on the megahit horror video game series Five Nights at Freddy’s years ago; pre-production at Warner Bros. fizzled out in 2015, but back in March of 2017, it was announced that Blumhouse would produce the film with genre icon Chris Columbus (Gremlins, The Goonies) set to direct. Freddy’s creator Scott Cawthon was also confirmed to be heavily involved, penning the script in order to maintain maximum authenticity.
Now, the production is back at square one after Cawthon reportedly scraped a finished screenplay, opting instead to start from scratch. He updated Freddy’s fans in a post on Stream:
“OK guys, I had a script written; Jason [Blum] liked it, and Chris Columbus liked it too, but I tossed it. I had a different idea for it, one that I liked better. I take responsibility for this delay; it’s my fault. It’s been a real challenge for everyone, including myself, to come up with a good screenplay for this. But I’m determined to find the right story. I’m sticking to what I’ve always said, either the right movie gets made or no movie gets made. I hate delaying a project that’s already seen so many delays, but I have to go with my instincts on what I think will be exciting and interesting, and what I think the fanbase will really want to see. If that means that I have to start over ten more times, then that’s what I’m going to do. The good thing is that each attempt gets better and better, in my opinion. So, despite the delays, it’s going in the right direction.”
Cawthon also let fans know that the movie and any potential sequels will that place in the universe established in Five Nights at Freddy’s Parts 1-3.
Sorry we can’t report better news, as fans of Five Nights at Freddy’s have already been more than patient waiting for this film to come to fruition. Still, you can’t fault Cawthon for wanted to make the best movie possible; better a delay that a piece of shit film, am I right?
About Five Nights at Freddy’s:
The main Five Nights at Freddy’s series consists of horror-themed video games, in which the player usually takes on the role of a night-time employee at a location canonically connected to Freddy Fazbear’s Pizza, a fictional children’s-oriented restaurant similar to Chuck E. Cheese’s and ShowBiz Pizza.
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