When Chris Columbus Met Freddy Fazbear

Image copyright Scott Cawthon

The world of horror movies is one of the most densely populated genres in Hollywood.

And the number of original ideas for new properties must be wearing thin, as 2018 sees the theatrical debut of Slenderman, a character that started off as a spookypasta meme of all things.

However, there is at least one other property that Hollywood has yet to bring to the big screen, the popular Five Nights at Freddy’s indie survival horror.

Enter Chris Columbus, writer of Gremlins, The Goonies, and Young Sherlock Holmes and director of two of the Harry Potter films, Home Alone, and Mrs Doubtfire.

Columbus is set to write, direct and produce the Five Nights adaptation, as a report by Deadline states.

Blumhouse Productions, who has become known for their low-budget, highly-successful horror films such as Get Out, Insidious and Paranormal Activity, tweeted a photo of two director’s chairs, one labelled ‘Chris Columbus’ and the other ‘Freddy Fazbear’.

Five Nights at Freddy’s debuted back in 2014 on PC and features a Chuck E Cheese-like Freddy Fazbear’s Pizzeria, with animatronic mascots. You take on the role of a nighttime security guard on his first few shifts at work. You’re tasked with making sure everything runs smoothly during the night, but, as the nights go by, you realise that the animatronics are running amok in the darkened hallways and ventilation shafts, and they’re on a murderous rampage. The series currently has six instalments, including Freddy Fazbear’s Pizzeria Simulator which was released online late last year. Series creator, Scott Cawthon, will produce the film alongside Columbus.

-James, 13/02/2018

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