‘Harry Potter’ Director Signs Up for Blumhouse’s ‘Five Nights at Freddy’s’ Movie

The Five Nights at Freddy’s movie has taken a major step towards becoming a reality.

The film rights to the hugely popular video game franchise have been set up at Blumhouse Productions, the busy label behind such recent horror hits as Get Out and Split. Jason Blum gained support of game creator Scott Cawthon after the rights were put in turnound by Warner Bros./New Line, where Monster House and Poltergeist remake helmer Gil Kenan was once attached to direct and co-write.

Now we have a big-time filmmaker on board to bring it to life. Deadline is reporting that Chris Colombus, known for directing Home Alone and the first two Harry Potter films, as well writing Gremlins and The Goonies and producing Night at the Museum and The Help, will be writing, directing and producing the Five Nights at Freddy’s movie. Columbus will be producing alongside creator Cawthon and Blum.

The indie point-and-click survival horror video game sees players locked inside an eatery with murderous animatronic animals. Players need to use footage from security cameras in order to track the movements of these robotic killers. Apart from the bestselling six games in the series, the brand has also spawned successful novels and high-selling merchandise lines.

Stay tuned as this long-gestating project comes to fruition.

Here’s Blumhouse’s announcement tweet: