Gil Kenan to Direct the Five Nights at Freddy’s Movie


Gil Kenan will direct the Five Nights at Freddy's movie.

Monster House and Poltergeist helmer Gil Kenan will direct the big screen Five Nights at Freddy’s movie

It was revealed back in April that Warner Bros. Pictures had picked up the rights to the popular video game series Five Nights at Freddy’s with plans for a feature film adaptation. Today, Deadline reports that the film has found a director in Gil Kenan, whose big screen credits include Monster HouseCity of Ember and, most recently, the new Poltergeist. He’s also set to script the film alongside Tyler Burton Smith.

Five Night’s at Freddy’s challenges players to survive for five nights as a security guard in a demented pizza entertainment restaurant where homicidal, possessed animatronics roam the halls in search of their next victims.

Though the first game only debuted back in August of 2014, a sequel was released in November of 2014 with a third chapter making its way online this past March. The series has played with non-linear and non-traditional storytelling. The second game in the series was actually a prequel with the third game taking place thirty years after the original. Mini-games also inhabit the titles offering even more clues to the lore of the franchise and the underlying story of what caused the animatronics of Freddy Fazbear and his friends to haunt the location.

Five Night’s at Freddy’s reunites Kenan with Poltergeist producer Roy Lee of Vertigo Entertainment. He’s producing alongside Seth Grahame-Smith (Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter) and David Katzenberg (Stephen King’s IT) of KatzSmith Productions. Jay Ireland and Adam Stone are executive producing with Jon Berg and Nik Mavinkurve overseeing for Warner Bros.