There’s a lot of pressure to do good by the franchise’s passionate (arguably rabid) fanbase, which means there’s no way anyone on the creative team was going to phone it in. “Five Nights at Freddy’s” needs to be able to stand tall alongside nearly a decade of the “FNAF” phenomenon, and it certainly hasn’t been easy. Scott Cawthon apparently had one version of the screenplay scrapped entirely as it didn’t fit the vision for the project, which is just one of the many reasons why the film adaptation of “Five Nights at Freddy’s” has taken so long. Fortunately, Jason Blum and company figured out how to make it work. Based on what we’ve already seen from the trailers, the film will incorporate story elements from across the franchise, rather than exclusively follow the plot of the original game.
“It was many, many, many years of development,” said Blum. “We had to find a structure that would work for us to make this movie together.” Finding that structure took years but by all accounts, the film sounds like the wait will have been worth it. “We finally found it and we finally made the movie,” Blum added. “And as you can hear by my voice, I’m extremely proud of the movie that we made together.” All signs point to a stellar adaptation and if all goes well, there are plenty of brutal moments in the games to put on screen in future movies.
“Five Nights at Freddy’s” will arrive in theaters and simultaneously on Peacock on October 27, 2023.