Why The Game 'Five Nights At Freddy's' Will Make For An Amazing Horror Movie

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Mild spoilers for the 'Five Nights at Freddy's' game series below!

Last night the news broke that the popular indie game 'Five Nights at Freddy's,' which was first launched in the summer of 2014 by developer Scott Cawthorn, is officially being optioned for a feature-length film.

Movies based on video games tend to be pretty hit or miss, with the overwhelming emphasis placed on 'miss' (although with Michael Fassbender's ' Assassin's Creed ' flick coming soon, maybe that will change?) -- but we think 'Five Nights at Freddy's' might actually have some potential to be a super interesting horror movie. Here's why:

  • The concept is your worst nightmare, but in the best way possible.

    You play a security guard at Freddy Fazbear's Pizza, a Chuck E. Cheese-style family entertainment complex complete with animatronic animal characters -- who, you're told, are able to wander around at night and are definitely coming to kill you.

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    Of course, in the game you have to stay in the guard's room and can only protect yourself by monitoring your robotic attackers on the security camera, which ramps up the suspense considerably. Imagine how much more intense it would be if we got to follow the characters around the pizzeria...

  • There's a surprising amount of lore to the series.

    Trying not to die by animatronic talking bear is a pretty simple enough set-up, but the sequels for 'Five Nights At Freddy's' go even further -- the second game is actually a prequel which takes place around the same time as 'The Bite of '87,' (don't ask, it's messed up). The third, which was only just released less than a month ago, takes place 30 years in the future, after Freddy's is retooled into a horror attraction based on the tragic events of the previous two games. So there's already a trilogy in place for the screenwriters to crib from, if they wanted to branch out after the first movie.

    '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,' Developer Scott Cawthon told The Hollywood Reporter . Given how quickly Cawthorn's been churning out games, he probably has a lot of ideas he hasn't gotten to try out yet, too.

  • Warner Brothers Studio will produce.

    You know what else Warner Bros. is partially responsible for? 'Friday The 13th,' 'The Exorcist,' 'Beetlejuice' 'Mad Max' and 'Creepshow' -- some of the most hair-raising, adrenaline-pumping movies ever made. With the right writer on this project, it could be something really special.

  • The guy behind 'Pride and Prejudice and Zombies' is attached.

    Best-selling author Seth Grahame-Smith, who wrote 'Pride and Prejudice and Zombies' and 'Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter,' as well as the screenplay for 'Dark Shadows,' will produce the movie with David Katzenberg. The two are also reportedly working on a 'Beetlejuice' reboot, so it's safe to say they know their horror -- but will probably be able to inject the film with a little bit of humor as well.

    We’re looking forward to working with Scott to make an insane, terrifying and weirdly adorable movie, said Grahame-Smith to THR. What, you don't think terrifying mechanical monsters chasing you down at every turn can't be adorable? Because believe it or not, a lot of people do...

  • The fan community is already huge.

    Let's Play videos of 'Five Nights at Freddy's,' in which gamers record themselves playing through the game and getting freaked out at every turn, have already taken over streaming services like Twitch and YouTube. But there's also a sizable underground fandom for the game that draws fanart, write songs, theorizes about the games' mysteries together, and even ships the animatronic creatures with one another. Suffice it to say, that's a lot of people to either excite or disappoint -- but either way, they'll be watching when the movie is released!

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