Death by animatronics will hit the big-screen as Blumhouse’s adaptation of popular horror video game Five Nights at Freddy’s has landed its director.
Emma Tammi, who made her feature debut with the 2018 horror Western The Wind, is set to direct the horror thriller, which is in pre-production for an early 2023 start of principal photography, Blumhouse announced Wednesday.
Jim Henson’s Creature Shop is already working alongside Blumhouse to bring the game’s favorite animatronic characters to life.
Created by Scott Cawthon, the game follows a troubled security guard as he begins working at the family friendly Freddy Fazbear’s Pizza joint. While spending his first night on the job, he realizes the night shift at Freddy’s won’t be so easy to make it through.
Fazbear, a bear who is the pizza joint’s mascot, Bonnie the Bunny, Chica the Chicken, Foxy the Pirate Fox were the lead animatronics in the original game, released in 2014, with other characters joining as it became a global franchise and grew into its own story and gaming universe.
“Five Nights at Freddy’s is more consistently asked about than any other film I’ve ever worked on, and I’m thrilled to confirm it’s finally happening!” said Blumhouse head, Jason Blum, in a statement. “With Emma Tammi at the helm, we’re committed to making Scott’s vision of the movie come to life. Rest assured, it will be and is worth the wait.”
Five Nights has a script by Cawthon, Tammi and Seth Cuddeback. The film will be produced by Blumhouse in association with Striker Entertainment. Cawthon and Blum will produce the film. Russell Binder is an executive producer.
Tammi’s Wind premiered as part of the Toronto International Film Festival’s Midnight Madness program in 2018 to positive reviews. She had Dollhouse, a horror thriller with Selena Gomez attached, set up at STX.
Tammi is repepd by CAA, Atlas Artists and Jackoway Austen.