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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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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.