Game creator Scott Cawthon has rejected the script for Blumhouse’s ‘Five Nights at Freddy’s’ film adaptation. This draft was penned by the movie’s director Chris Columbus and was greenlit by Jason Blum of Blumhouse, but it seems that Cawthon has other ideas.
On Monday night, on the forum for the ‘Five Nights at Freddy’s’ games, Cawthon wrote:
“OK guys, I had a script written; Jason liked it, and Chris Columbus liked it too, but I tossed it. I had a different idea for it, one that I liked better. I take responsibility for this delay; it’s my fault. I’m determined to find the right story. I’m sticking to what I’ve always said, either the right movie gets made or no movie gets made. I hate delaying a project that’s already seen so many delays, but I have to go with my instincts on what I think will be exciting and interesting, and what I think the fanbase will really want to see. If that means that I have to start over ten more times, then that’s what I’m going to do. The good thing is that each attempt gets better and better, in my opinion. So, despite the delays, it’s going in the right direction.”
The ‘Five Nights at Freddy’s’ video games originally allowed players to operate as a night security guard at an animatronic pizza restaurant Freddy Fazbear’s Pizza, a nightmarish version of Chuck E. Cheese or ShowBiz Pizza where the animatronic characters come to homicidal life at night. Later sequels changed the setup but retained a connection to the animatronic characters which originally consisted of Freddy Fazbear, Bonnie the Bunny, Chica the Chicken, and Foxy the Pirate Fox. Most of the frights from the game involve the characters “jump scaring” by suddenly popping up in front of the player.
Cawthon revealed that although later sequels took the gameplay outside of the pizza restaurant, the films would stay contained in that familiar environment.
“The games after ‘Five Nights at Freddy’s 3’ will not exist in the movie universe. Like it or hate it, I felt that this was the best portion of the storyline to really focus in on.”
Original plans were for the first movie to be based on the first game and for sequels to follow accordingly.
Now that Cawthon has rejected the script and a new one must be written, it’s unclear when the first movie will get made. They might want to step on it. To be honest, while ‘Five Nights at Freddy’s’ has a huge fan base, it also has all the markings of a fad, meaning if they wait too long, the audience will have outgrown it.
Are you a fan? Are you upset that a movie isn’t arriving anytime soon?