Blumhouse Productions’ CEO Jason Blum said in an interview that their “different approach” in making Five Nights at Freddy will make it a good video game film. Blum confirmed that Five Nights at Freddy’s creator Scott Cawthon is working closely with them to make the movie. Most video game movies are considered failures, which makes this movie risky for Blumhouse Productions.
According to Blum in an interview with Fandom, he said that Cawthon’s involvement will contribute largely in making the movie successful. Here’s what Blum said in the interview:
“That game [Five Nights at Freddy’s] has a rabid fan-base, and I would say without Scott it wouldn’t make a good movie,” Blum said. “Scott has a very clear idea of what he wants the movie to be and I think because we are using the same creator as the game in Scott, I think there will be a great movie in it. I think without that if it weren’t for that, I’d be skeptical about a Five Nights movie.”
Additionally, Blum said this kind of approach has yet to be employed by other video game films. “When have you see a remake of a video game that was very closely overseen by the person who created the video game. We’re gonna take a different approach and I have faith it will work out.”
Cawthon has previously said on Steam that he’s busy working on the movie. At best, Blum’s words further confirms that Cawthon is in the movie in a major production role rather than just lending the rights.
Video Game Movies History
So far, video game movie adaptations have either disappointed the game’s fans or it performs poorly in the box office, or both. The Resident Evil films are the highest grossing film series based on video games but has constantly received bad reviews from critics. Meanwhile, the Warcraft movie is regarded as the highest grossing video game adaptation of all time($433 million worldwide) but is considered a “mild financial disappointment” due to its $160 million budget. Lastly, the Silent Hill movies also got destroyed by the critics and was deemed a failure. Due to the string of large video game franchises with films that bombed, it’s been commonly believed that video game movies aren’t a good idea.
Blumhouse Productions is known for making low-budget films but was extremely successful with Jordan Peele’s Get Out movie last January 2017. The Five Nights at Freddy’s movie might not be an animated movie but a live action one as producing animated movies usually cost around $50 million. Before Blumhouse Productions took the movie project in, director Gil Kenan posted actual animatronic and fast food photos for the Five Nights at Freddy’s movie. All the fans can do now is count on Cawthon’s creative authority and Blumhouse Productions to make a good Five Nights at Freddy’s movie. Since Cawthon is focused on making this video game movie, it might be a long while until he talks about another video game entry.