The trailer for Five Nights at Freddy’s has effectively demonstrated that the upcoming video game adaptation will avoid repeating the mistakes made by its imitators. Released in 2014, Five Nights at Freddy’s became a sensation in the indie gaming world. As a first-person survival horror game, it challenged players to elude haunted animatronics and survive within an abandoned pizzeria. Despite its simple premise, Five Nights at Freddy’s garnered immense popularity, giving rise to numerous copycats such as Poppy Playtime, Duck Season, and Choo Choo Charles. However, the influence of Five Nights at Freddy’s extended beyond the gaming realm.

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Jason Blum, the producer and founder of Blumhouse, revealed that he faced ridicule for his involvement with Five Nights at Freddy’s. In an interview with IGN, he explained why adapting the horror game into a film was not an obvious choice.

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“I enjoy a challenge,” Blum stated. “Scott had been working on a movie adaptation with another studio for a while, but it didn’t materialize. This happened many years ago. Everyone, including my own company, said it was impossible to make the movie. I was mocked for pursuing something that seemed unattainable. But that kind of skepticism always motivates me to prove them wrong.”

Since Blumhouse acquired the movie rights in 2017, Five Nights at Freddy’s has been in production. Chris Columbus was initially selected as the director but was later replaced by Emma Tammi after Columbus departed from the project. At an earlier stage, one version of the screenplay was completely discarded as it did not align with game creator Scott Cawthon’s vision. The film’s journey seemed destined to remain trapped in development limbo, but Blum eventually found a way to make it work.

“It took many, many, many years of development,” Blum revealed. “Throughout that time, I got to know Scott very well, and I have come to admire him greatly. He’s an extraordinary person with immense creativity, which he doesn’t fully acknowledge. We had to find a structure that would allow us to collaborate on making this movie.”

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Blum admitted that it took “six or seven years” to discover that structure, but their efforts paid off in the end.

“We finally found it, and we finally made the movie,” he proudly declared. “As you can hear in my voice, I’m extremely proud of the movie we created together.”

Blum’s affinity for horror movies stems from his enjoyment of being an underdog in Hollywood. He acknowledged that horror filmmakers still face some marginalization, even though movies like Get Out have helped elevate the genre’s status. Blum enjoys the challenge of overcoming such obstacles, which adds to the fun of creating horror films.

Blumhouse has repeatedly demonstrated its expertise in the genre. Early successes like Paranormal Activity set the stage for the studio’s capabilities. Despite initial skepticism, Blumhouse proved naysayers wrong with subsequent projects such as Insidious.

Five Nights at Freddy’s, according to Blum, possesses a similar quality of breaking conventions, much like his earlier works. He drew a parallel between the multiple screens in the game’s security office and Paranormal Activity 2, where various cameras were used.

Five Nights at Freddy’s will debut in theaters and on Peacock on October 27, 2023. For more information about the film and to catch a glimpse of its recent trailer, you can explore details about the cast and trailer for Five Nights at Freddy’s.

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