Warner Bros. has closed a deal with director Gil Kenan to take the helm of their video game adaptation Five Nights at Freddy's. We first reported on the project back in April, when Warner Bros. secured the rights to the popular video game series, created by Scott Cawthon, which launched just last year. The story takes place at a children's pizza restaurant, but it's much more dark and sinister than the setting may lead you to believe.
Five Nights at Freddy's centers on a group of people trapped inside a popular pizza restaurant named Freddy Fazbear's Pizza, which is similar to the Chuck-E-Cheese restaurant chain. They begin to relaize that, at night, an animatronic animal, part of the house band, comes to life and starts killing people left and right. Users play as the people who are locked inside, as they try to find a way to survive and make it out of Freddy's alive. Players have access to a number of security camera feeds that warn them of any incoming danger.
The first game was released in August 2014, with a sequel following just a few months later that November and a third installment debuting this past March. The games don't exactly follow a linear narrative structure, with the second taking place before the first, and the third set 30 years after the first game. It remains to be seen how the story will be crafted for the big screen, and if elements from all three games will be utilized for the movie adaptation.
Gil Kenan will direct and co-write the screenplay with Tyler Burton Smith. The director's co-writer has previously written video games such as Prototype 2, Sleeping Dogs and Quantum Break. Roy Lee is producing with Seth Grahame-Smith and David Katzenberg. Adam Stone and Jay Ireland are executive producing with Jon Berg and Nik Mavinkurve overseeing for the studio.
Gil Kenan made his directorial debut with Monster House, after being picked by executive producers Steven Spielberg and Robert Zemeckis. He followed that up with the 2008 adaptation City of Ember and he most recently directed Poltergeist, the horror reboot that hit theaters in May. Do you think Gil Kenan is a good choice to take on Five Nights at Freddy's?