Five Nights At Freddy’s Movie Producer ‘Made Fun Of’ Over Film

The movie adaptation of horror game franchise Five Nights at Freddy’s is just a few months away from its October 27 debut, and like many video game films, production on it has been in the works since at least 2015. Now, with Jason Blum (The Purge, Split, M3GAN) producing it, it’s finally got a release date, though it wasn’t an easy road to get there. According to a new interview, Blum was “made fun of” for taking on the project.

Originally released on Windows PC in 2014, Five Nights at Freddy’s is a spooky point-and-click adventure game set in a fictional pizzeria beset by possessed animatronics who stalk the premise at night. Played mostly through security cameras, players must survive evening after evening with the deadly robot animals. The series has gotten three main sequels and a bunch of spin-offs, with versions coming to consoles, mobile platforms, and even VR headsets.

In 2015, it was announced that Warner Bros. Pictures would bring the franchise to theaters via a film adaptation, though initial efforts fell through. Eventually the IP landed with Universal Pictures, with Emma Tammi and Jason Blum taking on director and producer roles respectively.

Jason Blum on FNaF film: ‘Everyone said we could never get the movie done’

Speaking to IGN, producer Jason Blum reflected on the difficult task of bringing Five Nights at Freddy’s to the big screen. Blum said that after the film struggled to find its footing early on, there was a sentiment that it was a lost cause.

“Everyone said we could never get the movie done,” Blum told IGN, “including, by the way, internally in my company.” But never shy of a challenge, Blum pushed forward, even if folks joked about the film’s prospects:

“I was made fun of for pursuing this, this thing that could never happen, and that always lights a fire under me to say, ‘I bet I can do this.’”

Blum on working with series’ creator Scott Cawthon for the FNaF film

Blum also reflected on what it was like to work with Scott Cawthon over the last few years. Saying that he’s “a really, really special person, a really creative person, probably more creative than he even gives himself credit for in some ways.” Getting the film’s aesthetic right was no easy task, but Blum feels strongly about the final product. “We finally found it,” he said “and we finally made the movie […] as you can hear by my voice, I’m extremely proud of the movie that we made together.”

Five Nights at Freddy’s arrives in theaters on October 27, 2023.

Five Nights At Freddy’s Clip Spreads As Audio Of Lost Submarine

If there’s one thing the internet loves, it’s spreading misinformation for the memes. In the midst of news flooding (sorry) through the internet about the OceanGate Titan submersible implosion, Five Nights At Freddy’s ended up becoming a part of the story on TikTok. It’s all thanks to a viral audio clip from the games that’s being passed off as “audio of the noises” coming from the missing vessel.

If you’re unfamiliar with the OceanGate Titan situation, on June 18, five passengers took a submersible called the Titan down into the Atlantic Ocean to see the Titanic’s wreckage. The voyage had a tragic end, as two hours into the trip, all communication with the Titan was lost. Debris of the wreck was discovered four days later on June 22, confirming the submersible imploded and all five passengers were killed. In the days between its descent and discovery, search attempts were made that included using Sonar. In doing so, a Canadian P-3 aircraft detected banging sounds initially believed to be from the Titan. Once TikTok got word that there was audio of the submersible, it went to town on making jokes using viral clips, including one based on Five Nights At Freddy’s.

The game audio originates from a fan-made video depicting series’ antagonist William Afton begging his son Michael to let him out of somewhere, and it comes complete with banging on the exit to really sell it. The video was made by YouTuber Squimpus McGrimpus as part of an analog horror game set in the Five Nights at Freddy’s fiction and features a vocal performance by Nolan David.

David’s sound clip begging Michael not to leave him has been a viral clip used on over 30-thousand videos on TikTok, several of which have millions of views. Some of them are comedic, like playing it while a cat is trying to get to its owner through a door, or washing a plush in a washing machine, but completely divorced of any context, it could easily be mistaken for something horrifying, including the voice of someone who was aboard the Titan submersible while it was lost on its voyage to the Titanic’s wreckage.

A video by TikTok user @ayshanepal uses the audio and includes a caption that says it’s “the audio of the noises from the missing Titanic submarine.” Obviously, anyone who knows the audio is in on the joke, but as of this writing, this video alone has over 18 million views on the platform (with several other videos making the same joke), and that means it’s spreading, and it’s spreading to people that don’t know better.

The comments on the video are one thing, full of people who are either in on the bit posting condolences or people who genuinely believe a Five Nights at Freddy’s fan audio is that of those who died on the imploded submarine also posting about how tragic the incident was. But also, there’s the side of the internet we don’t see in the comments section, which is that people will send and show this video to others in full seriousness believing it is actually audio from the lost vessel. Similarly, there are fake screenshots of the game controller used to pilot the ship supposedly surviving the implosion.

The internet is an untameable beast, and jokes are often so contextual and layered that something like this can be impenetrable to anyone who doesn’t know about three or so other references that make it funny. It’s the nature of having all this information at our fingertips. We can’t possibly know everything, and inevitably you’ll come across videos and images you don’t understand or take at face value. But if my mother calls me later this week and tells me she’s heard the audio from the submersible and plays me this video, I’m blaming y’all.

The entire OceanGate saga has been weirdly tied to video games because of reports that the submersible was being operated with an off-brand video game controller. In the time since, modders have been using the entire situation as joke fodder, including immortalizing it in Grand Theft Auto V with a mod.

Five Nights At Freddy’s Film Killing It At The Box Office

After just one weekend in theaters, Five Nights At Freddy’s is already breaking records and racking up an impressive $130 million at the global box office since releasing on October 27 to less-than-stellar reviews.

Following years of rumors and development, the long-anticipated Five Nights At Freddy’s movie is finally out. The film is based on the incredibly popular horror games featuring scary animatronics that hunt down protagonists at night. We first heard about a FNAF film all the way back in 2015 and according to producer Jason Blum, it took nearly a decade to get this movie made because the creator and developer behind the series, Scott Cawthorn, had a lot of input in every part of the film. And now, after all that work, Five Nights is out, just in time for Halloween. If you ask some folks, the scariest thing about FNAF might be its very low Rotten Tomatoes score. But that hasn’t stopped the creepy adaptation from setting numerous box office records and making a ton of money over its opening weekend.

The new PG-13 horror film starring The Hunger Games’ Josh Hutcherson closed out its opening weekend with an impressive $80 million in North America and $130 million globally. Keep in mind this film reportedly only cost $20 million to make, so it’s likely already profitable.

Universal Pictures / Blumhouse

As reported by Variety, according to Blumhouse and Universal, here’s a list of records and accomplishments FNAF set after its opening weekend.

  • Biggest opening weekend of the year for a horror film, overtaking “Scream VI” ($44 million)
  • The second-largest debut of all time for a video game adaptation, behind “The Super Mario Bros. Movie” ($146.3 million)
  • Biggest opening weekend ever for Universal and Peacock’s hybrid releases, beating the slasher sequels, 2021 “Halloween Kills” ($49 million) and 2022’s “Halloween Ends” ($40 million)
  • Highest-grossing opening weekend for Halloween weekend release, outperforming 2011’s “Puss in Boots” ($34 million)
  • Third-biggest debut for any horror film, trailing 2017’s “It” ($123 million) and 2019’s “It: Chapter Two” ($91 million)
  • Best debut ever for PG-13 horror film, besting 2001’s “The Mummy Returns” ($68 million)
  • Highest-grossing Blumhouse global opening of all time, ahead of “Halloween” ($91.8 million)

It’s wild to see Five Nights At Freddy’s outperforming Halloween, The Mummy, and Scream. It also beat out the new Exorcist film, which as of October 29, has racked up a total of $120 million—which is less than FNAF’s opening weekend. It’s also a great reminder that the Five Nights franchise, even if it’s not the newest IP in the world, is still extremely popular among kids and teenagers.

The film’s PG-13 rating disappointed some bloodthirsty fans and horror critics, but it also likely helped the adaptation do better at the box office as it made it easier for younger folks to head to the theater and check it out.

Of course, a low Rotten Tomatoes score could spell doom for the film’s second weekend, but at this point, Blumhouse and Universal are probably pretty happy with how it’s been received, considering it took nearly a decade to get this thing out the door. Now I just need a Megan and Five Nights At Freddy’s crossover film. Come on Universal, make it happen.


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