The indie smash hit Five Nights at Freddy’s by Scott Cawthon has garnered quite the success since its initial release in August of 2014, and nothing proves that more than Warner Bros. green-lighting a movie version. We are slowly learning more details, most recently who will be the director.
A deal has been made with Gil Kenan, director of Monster House, which nabbed him an oscar nomination, City of Ember and, most recently, the 2015 reboot of Poltergeist.
Kenan will write the script with Tyler Burton Smith, known for his work writing the stories for the games Prototype 2, Sleeping Dogs, and most recently Remedy Entertainment’s Quantum Break. Roy Lee is producing along with Seth Grahame-Smith and David Katzenberg. Adam Stone and Jay Ireland are tagged as executive producers. Jon Berg and Nik Mavinkurve are overseeing for the studio.
animatronic forever ? pic.twitter.com/NHvo5Edip6
— Gil Kenan (@gilkenan) July 29, 2015
Early reports based on interviews with, tweets written and Instagram photos posted by Kenan, claim the movie will be based more on the lore of Cawthon’s games, hinting at a story not seen in the games. These reports also hint at the possibility of multiple locations, unlike the single location used in the game, and that it will have heavy use of animatronics (Gil Kenan’s specialty) opposed to CGI.
There is currently no release date scheduled, although all signs point to 2017.