In the 25 years that video game movies - which is to say, video games adapted into movies - have been a thing, not a single one of them has been well-received (the most well-reviewed of the bunch being the poorly reviewed Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within), and very few have been successful at the box office. It's anyone's guess as to why that is. Is it just harder to make a good movie out of a video game than, say, a book or a comic book? Is it because Hollywood doesn't take video games seriously?
Whatever the reason, we're about to be inundated with all kinds of new video game adaptations over the next few years, including Agent 47, Warcraft, Angry Birds, Assassin's Creed starring Michael Fassbender, Splinter Cell starring Tom Hardy, Metal Gear Solid, Minecraft, and many more. Now we can add another big name to the list: Five Nights at Freddy's.
The news comes courtesy of Heat Vision. According to them, Roy Lee (producer of The LEGO Movie and the Poltergeist remake), Seth Grahame-Smith (author of Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter), and David Katzenberg (producer of The Goldbergs) are producing the movie, which is "currently out to writers."
For those who don't know, Five Nights at Freddy's is a surprisingly popular series of survival horror indie games where you play a night security guard at a rundown, creepy-as-hell Chucky Cheese's ripoff who has to survive five nights (from midnight to 6am) defending yourself from murderous animatronic characters. You do this by utilizing security cameras, lights, and doors, the use of which depletes your electrical power; if you run out of power before the night's end, you die and lose the game.
Said Grahame-Smith of the project:
“We’re looking forward to working with [creator] Scott [Cawthon] to make an insane, terrifying and weirdly adorable movie.
As for what Cawthon thinks of the developments, here's what he had to say:
"The story really lends itself to being a movie and it taps into a largely unexplored niche of horror that a lot of people will be able to relate to."
It seems the response to this adaptation on the Internet so far has been mostly negative. A lot of "What will Hollywood ruin next?" kind of talk. Frankly, like Cawthon, I think the basic idea of Freddy's - a man stuck in the security room of an evil Chucky Cheese's trying to evade the murderous clutches of its dastardly animatronics - could make for a really creepy, really great movie. Or, conversely, it could go with a more kid-friendly slant in the vein of Ernest Scared Stupid, The Monster Squad, The Witches, and so forth. Either avenue could end up being really fun, in my opinion.
Since this project is in the very early stages (they haven't even hired a writer yet), I wouldn't expect to hear much about it for a while. It seems we see a lot of these video game movie announcements, followed by a significant period of development and absolutely no news whatsoever. Unless Freddy's gets the fast track, it'll probably see the same lengthy development.
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Source: Heat Vision