Like a rat-chewed animatronic shuffling through the halls of a cursed pizzeria, the Five Nights at Freddy's movie is alive and well even though it appeared to be dead for a year.
Turns out it was just sleeping. Earlier today, Five Nights at Freddy's creator Scott Cawthon delivered news about the production, which is now being overseen by Blumhouse (Get Out, Paranormal Activity) and written, directed, and produced by Chris Columbus.
Columbus is an "Ehhhhh…?" choice; he inflicted Pixels on us a couple of years back, and the pain is still fresh. That said, Columbus also wrote 1984's Gremlins, and that series' spooky, self-depreciating brand of dark PG humor would fit a Five Nights at Freddy's movie perfectly.
Scott Cawthon is totally on-board with Blumhouse and Columbus. The Five Nights at Freddy's movie was initially in Warner Bros' hands, but Cawthon pulled the plug on the project about a year ago. "The reality is that last year the FNaF movie was met with several delays and roadblocks, some involving problems within the movie industry as a whole," he wrote on the Five Nights at Freddy's Steam community. "As a result, as of right now, the movie is back at square one."
Cawthon's most recent post about the movie is much more hopeful: "To have a director of this caliber on board, it was worth the wait!"
Hopefully a trailer will leap upon us sooner than later.