Jason Blum offers update on ‘Five Nights at Freddy’s’ film
Producer Jason Blum has given fans an update on the long-teased and highly-anticipated Five Nights at Freddy’s film, which he promising “is still coming.”
An announcement came in 2015 confirming that a Five Nights at Freddy’s film would be produced with Warner Bros. Pictures. Initially, the film was set to be directed by Gil Kenan, as reported by Screen Rant.
The film adaptation left Warner Bros. and was picked up by Blumhouse Productions just a few years later, but delays have since followed the project. From script overhauls to changes with those involved with the project, fans are getting anxious about the upcoming movie.
Five Nights at Freddy‘s, or FNAF, follows an associate at a pizza restaurant, Freddy Fazbear’s Pizza, who is soon haunted – or hunted – by the animatronics within the parlor. The game is full of jump scares, spooky slow builds, and those pesky malfunctioning animatronics. The associate’s goal is to keep an eye on the restaurant and stay safe, so the horror film associated with the game would be a thrilling one.
In the latter half of 2020, Scott Cawthon started a thread on Reddit, discussing previous editions of a screenplay idea, reasons they didn’t work, and an announcement about the idea they planned to go with. It looks like things changed again in 2021, and Jason Blum discussed it in an interview with Collider.
Blum shared this statement with Collider in 2021 that said nailing down the script is tricky, but no one has given up on a film adaptation of FNAF.
“The film is really tough to crack. We’ve written multiple scripts, and we’ve got where we’re threading a needle, which is doing justice to Five Nights at Freddy’s and making Scott [Cawthon] happy. The only way that we would go about it is giving Scott … I don’t want to do something that Scott doesn’t like. Let me say that a different way. I don’t have the right to do anything Scott doesn’t like. Basically, Scott has kind of like the equivalent of final cut. And it’s taken longer than I hoped to get the right story. But we’re a long ways from giving up. And I’m confident, eventually, I will figure it out.“
So when Blum answered questions on Twitter this weekend, several of them were regarding Five Nights at Freddy’s. Blum promised fans that the movie is still coming despite the delays.
Blum also answered a question about who would be directing FNAF. While it’s unclear right now, the project is still in the works.
Blum’s tweets made it to Reddit, where fans discussed what could be behind the hold-up and what else is going on as far as the film is concerned.
Some fans are worried that if the film isn’t made soon, it’ll be aged down for the current playing audience of the game.
Excited fans also note that it wouldn’t be the best idea to cancel a film five years in the making.