The Five Nights at Freddy’s video game was a pretty big thing a few years back delivering plenty of frightful scares for video game lovers everywhere. Created by Scott Cawthon, the survival horror game saw the player taking over the role of a security guard at a pizza restaurant called “Freddy Fazbear’s Pizza”. The player must survive the night defending themselves from the haunted animatronic characters in the restaurant by facilitating their movements through security cameras. It was a pretty immersive game which saw the boys in the industry wanting to make a film out of it a few years ago but it looks like we’re still gonna have to wait a little bit longer.
Warner Bros. acquired the rights to adapt Five Nights at Freddy’s to the big screen with Gil Kenan attached to direct the film and co-write it with Tyler Burton Smith. However, things changed over time with Blumhouse Productions acquiring the rights to make a film with Chris Columbus set to direct instead of Kenan. Initially eyeing a 2020 release date, it looks like we’re gonna wait much longer to see this happen as a new script is being written after Cawthon tossed the other one.
According to Variety, Cawthon provided an update on the game’s forum revealing that a script has been written but… he didn’t like it so he tossed it. He said:
“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.”
Well, that’s interesting but it looks like all Cawthon wants to do is get this Five Nights at Freddy’s film right as he doesn’t wanna end up with a s–t film based off his baby. He further discussed:
“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.”
That’s all cool but it’s been a while since we’ve even heard of Five Nights at Freddy’s or at least it’s been that way for non-gamers. Well, maybe Cawthon really wants this adaptation to finally be the video game adaptation we deserve.