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Is Five Nights at Freddy’s headed for a Blumhouse feature film?

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Five Nights at Freddy’s is a survival horror game with a simple point-and-click gameplay that has spanned five games and taken the internet by storm.

The story follows a new employee - you - working at a twisted version of Chuck E Cheese as a night security guard, who finds themselves being attacked by a group of dangerous animatronics. Most of the story is shown through phone calls before each night begins and - in more recent games - 8bit mini games that emulate the time Five Nights is set in.

The franchise became so popular through YouTubers such as Markiplier, Jacksepticeye and PewdiePie, and has only grown since its initial conception. It was that popularity that had the games catching the eye of producers at Warner Bros, who were reportedly working on a FNAF movie adaptation at one point.

Despite many reports that production for the FNAF movie had begun at Warner Bros with director Gil Kenan (Poltergeist) at the wheel, nothing has been released.

Early in 2017, the game’s creator, Scott Cawthon, told fans through Steam's online forums that the film was sadly "back to square one". Cawthon blamed the industry as a whole for creating problems that were stopping his film from being created.

However, new information indicates that fans may still get their feature film.

Although not confirmed (yet) a tweet from Cawthon shows a director’s chair with the name ‘Freddy’ printed on it, sat in front of a screen depicting the Blumhouse Productions logo. This appears to indicate that a Five Night’s At Freddy’s feature film is moving forward.

Blumhouse Productions is famously known for its low-budget horror films, following a string of hugely successful films in the horror genre. Blumhouse Productions have produced the hugely profitable Paranormal Activity series as well as the controversial Purge series. More recently, Blumhouse Productions have released films such as Split and Get Out.

With Five Night’s At Freddy’s straightforward survival horror storyline, creepy characters and jump scares, it’s no surprise that Blumhouse Productions are attracted to the project. 

Producer Jason Blum (known for Insidious and Paranormal Activity) has won the right’s for the FNAF feature film and have been active with the franchise’s fans, promoting his ideas and promising that the film "will work". Blum has also revealed that he is working closely with the game’s creator Scott Cawthon to ensure the film stays true to its origins.

Although there are not set dates for the Five Nights at Freddy’s feature film, you can bet that Blumhouse will turn up the horror factor, keep the budget low and definitely turn a profit.

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