– by Joseph Jammer Medina

With its unique premise and execution, Five Nights at Freddy’s was a game that took the world by storm back in 2014. It didn’t take long for it to get picked up by Warner Bros., and after a couple years of there being no traction, it moved over to Blumhouse Productions. It then fell into the very capable hands of Chris Columbus, who is known for his work on the Harry Potter franchise.

But when could we expect it? Jason Blum of Blumhouse recently stated that he expected the film to hit in 2020, but it looks like that may not actually happen. Why, you ask? Well, Five Nights at Freddy’s creator Scott Cawthon, who took to the Steam community boards to give an update on the film, and it looks like we’re in for another delay.

Five Nights at Freddy’s (first movie): New script being worked on

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.

It’s been a real challenge for everyone, including myself, to come up with a good screenplay for this. But 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.”

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Cawthon then went on to say that the film, along with any sequels that may spawn from it, will only take place in the world of the first three games, as he thinks it’s in the best interest of the story to restrict the world to those three films.

Personally, I’m a bit disappointed. While I’m by no means a Five Nights at Freddy’s junkie, I have played the first couple games and think the overall story and feel are a good fit for a film and has real potential to work on the silver screen. Let’s hope that whatever they end up with is as good of a movie as you can get from the premise.

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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.