Five Nights at Freddy’s is an indie video game phenomenon with a cult-like following. Numbering at 6 horrifying games, the franchise centers on the player attempting to survive a single night in a Chuck-E-Cheese style park filled with animatronic robots with murderous intentions. About a year ago, it was announced that Blumhouse Productions (the studio behind Paranormal Activity, Insidious, Split as well as the critically acclaimed Get Out) would be bringing Five Nights at Freddy’s to the big screen. It seems like a great match – and now they have a director signed on to bring the vision to life.
The director is none other than Chris Columbus, best known for Home Alone, Mrs. Doubtfire and the first two Harry Potter films. An odd creative choice at first glance, but he was also the writer behind 80s hits Gremlins and The Goonies. We’re totally willing to be cautiously optimistic about the arrangement and are looking forward to seeing Columbus revisit some of his early roots.