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– by Joseph Jammer Medina

It’s been a hot minute since we’ve heard anything regarding the upcoming video game adaptation Five Nights at Freddy’s. Blumhouse — the studio well-known for the successfully capitalizing on low-budget horror films — is the production house behind the film, but there’s been very little to share up to this point.

Now, there’s a brand-new development regarding the movie from Deadline, and it’s one of those that comes a bit out of left field. According to the outlet, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone and Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets director Christopher Columbus is set to write and direct the film for the studio.

Okay, perhaps it’s not as out of left film as it initially seems. While Columbus is best known for those early Potter films, as well as his work with Home Alone and other kid-friendly fare, he did also have a screenwriting hand in the haunting, yet charming Gremlins film.

For those who don’t know, the original Five Nights at Freddy’s video game follows an employee working at a Chuck-E-Cheese-type restaurant at night. But of course, things aren’t just as easy as riding out the night, as the animatronics roam the restaurant at night, and try to hunt the employee down and kill him. Following its release, it became something of an internet sensation, and it’s since spawned many video game sequels.

What do you think of Columbus taking on this film? Do you think he’s the right choice to do so? Let us know your thoughts down below!

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  • Kindofabigdeal

    He should bring back Culkin as the security night watchmen.

    • Victor Roa

      the stoner engineer who programed the robots to kill

  • Victor Roa

    is this the moment where Gremlins in him come out….. 33 years later? Doubt it, kinda expect Rent style, “we changed this from the broadway show.” and then no one came to see it.

  • Weresmurf

    I’m down for this. The lore behind the games is great. I can see this absolutely working as some great family horror.

  • Dersu DeLarge

    I’m wondering if this movie will be closer in spirit to the original R-rated draft of Gremlins Columbus wrote before Joe Dante made it into a (somewhat) more family-friendly PG-rated movie.

Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.