Chris Columbus Adapting, Directing Video Game "Five Nights at Freddy's" for Blumhouse

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Despite being known for his more contemporary films, such as "Mrs. Doubtfire", "Home Alone" and "Home alone 2", and the first two "Harry Potter" films, Columbus also has experience with movies that are laced with creepy and tension-filled atmospheres. Perhaps it is surprising that a veteran in family films has been signed to adapt a horror game, but it is also worth noting that the games appeal to a wide audience including teenagers.

Five Nights at Freddy's or FNAF as its fans (and the obsessed) call it, is an Indie game by Scott Cawthon that revolves around a Chuck-E-Cheese style pizzeria where possessed animatronics are out to get you. As reported by Deadline and the Blumhouse Productions Twitter account, Columbus will write, direct and co-produce the movie.

Blumhouse landed Five Nights at Freddy's last March when movie rights were put in turnaround by New Line.

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Like many game-to-film adaptations, the Five Nights At Freddy's movie has struggled to gain permanent traction in Hollywood. The adaptation of Scott Cawthon's video game has been at the indie studio for nearly a year now, but is now finally moving forward.

The first Five Nights at Freddy's game began with a pretty simple premise. It was an overnight success story that in just four short years the series has spawned seven different games, two novels, hordes of merchandise, fanart, and yes, even a movie adaptation.

"Five Nights at Freddy's" is about a security guard, controlled by players, whose responsibility is to watch over animatronic robots who come to life at night. While that doesn't exactly seem like a horror pedigree, Chris Columbus did write the original Gremlins, which is probably closer to the tone this film will be going for. A survival horror game with plenty of jump scares, many were excited to see how the big-screen adaptation would turn out. Pixels? Rent? Bicentennial Man (OK, I have some affection for that movie)?

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