I'm sure many of you have heard of the survival/horror series created by Scott Cawthon known as Five Nights at Freddy's, but when I heard the announcement that a film based on the franchise is now currently in the works, I started to become a bit skeptical. Movie adaptations of video games almost never do well at the box office and many people are already starting to get tired of the series due to the fact that the entire trilogy was released in the span of seven months, but I have three reasons why I have hope for this movie.
Reason 1: The Story
Because of the first game's short length, the fact that the only spoken dialog is from the phone guy when he leaves messages on the restaurant's answering machine, and because that the actual back story is vague enough to interpreted in many different ways, the story that could be used for the film might actually be something coherent regardless of what route they take. Plus, we might actually be able to finally find out what's going through Mike Schmidt's head as he progresses through the week.
Reason 2: The Director
Many of you know that who directs the film can either make it or break it depending on how they interpret the source material. A good example would be Joss Whedon when he directed The Avengers, whereas a bad one would be M Night Shyamalan when he directed that godawful film, The Last Airbender. Now the director that has signed on for this film is Roy Lee of Vertigo Entertainment who has directed the fantastically scary films The Ring and The Grudge which both follow under the same kind of psychological horror that Five Nights pulls of quite well. If anyone can make a good film based on that game, it'll be him.
Reason 3: The Original Creator's Involvement
Usually when a film adaptation of a game goes down the toilet, it is usually because of lack of involvement from the creator of the source material. Because the game was made by one person much like many books, it will likely be much easier for information to be relayed back and forth between the movie studio and the creator. Scott Cawthon has said this on the matter,
"The story really lends itself to being a movie and it taps into a largely unexplored niche of horror that a lot of people will be able to relate to."These three reasons should be reason enough that a film based on Five Nights at Freddy's could turn out to be legitimately terrifying, but only time will tell if the game will still be relevant when it is released a few years down the line. But until then, I'll be seeing you.