The first trailer for Universal/Blumhouse’s highly anticipated adaptation of the popular video game franchise, Five Nights at Freddy’s, was released earlier today.
The film revolves around a troubled security guard named Josh Hutcherson, known for his roles in Ultraman and The Hunger Games franchise. Hutcherson’s character takes up a job at Freddy Fazbear’s Pizza, where he is assigned to the night shift. However, he soon realizes that surviving the night at Freddy’s won’t be as simple as he initially thought. To make matters worse, his younger sister, portrayed by Piper Rubio (known for Holly & Ivy and Unstable), accompanies him to work and becomes the target of possessed animatronic animals.
Joining the cast are Elizabeth Lail (You, Mack & Rita), Kat Conner Sterling (We Have A Ghost, 9-1-1), Mary Stuart Masterson (Blindspot, Fried Green Tomatoes), and Matthew Lillard (Good Girls, Scream). The movie is directed by Emma Tammi (The Wind, Blood Moon) and written by Scott Cawthon, Emma Tammi, and Seth Cuddeback. Notably, the animatronic characters in the film will be created by the esteemed Jim Henson’s Creature Shop.
The Five Nights at Freddy’s franchise, which has gained immense popularity, includes eight mainline games, with the most recent installment being Five Nights at Freddy’s: Security Breach released in 2021. Additionally, there have been six spinoff games and five fan-created games endorsed by Scott Cawthon, the creator of the franchise. Moreover, the series has spawned numerous novels and graphic novels.
Blumhouse, known for its success with genre franchises, has remained committed to bringing the Five Nights at Freddy’s adaptation to life. The project has seen various directorial changes over the years, starting with Gil Kenan (Monster House) being attached to direct seven years ago. Eventually, it landed at Blumhouse in 2017, with Chris Columbus initially set to direct in 2018, until Emma Tammi took the helm.
Produced by Jason Blum and Scott Cawthon, the film has Bea Sequeira, Russell Binder, and Christopher H. Warner as executive producers. Universal Pictures presents this Blumhouse production in association with Striker Entertainment.
Five Nights at Freddy’s will have a theatrical release simultaneously with streaming on Peacock on October 27 of this year. Following in the footsteps of Halloween Kills, Halloween Ends, and Firestarter, it marks the fourth Blumhouse movie to release simultaneously on Universal’s streaming service while also hitting theaters.