News first broke that producers Roy Lee, Seth Grahame-Smith and David Katzenberg were teaming up to bring the survival horror game Five Nights at Freddy’s to the big screen with Warner Bros. back in April and now it seems as though they’ve locked a director. As reported by Deadline, the trio just recruited Gil Kenan to helm the film. He’ll also pen the script with Tyler Burton Smith.
Apparently the game takes place in a restaurant called Freddy Fazbear’s Pizza. The player takes on the role of the security guard and is challenged to survive his or her shift by keeping an eye on the security cameras and using them to track the animatronic animals that come to life and roam the restaurant at night.
I’ve never played the game, but based on the images I’ve seen and the information I’ve read, it seems as though the adaptation has some serious potential. In fact, I’m surprised I haven’t played Five Nights at Freddy’s yet because the mildly disturbing promotional artwork and screenshots have caught my eye time and time again. It’ll be interesting to see how Kenan and his team approach the security cam perspective. Hopefully he uses the opportunity to put a fresh spin on the technique rather than turning Five Nights at Freddy’s into something that feels like a Paranormal Activity knockoff.
Some might be a bit down on Kenan after the Poltergeist remake, but as one of few who enjoyed his spin on the classic, I’ve got high hopes he’s got a lot to offer the genre. No word on a timeline for the project just yet, but considering the script has yet to be written, you likely have time to catch up and play the game before much more progress is made.