The film Five Nights at Freddy has lost its director but the project is still ongoing. Chris Columbus, the famous director who directed Harry Potter and Home Alone, has given up on the Blumhouse horror film, Jason Blum, CEO of Blumhouse has confirmed. Collider.
When asked if a new manager had been hired, Blum replied, “This is classified information.” Columbus is at least the second director to leave the FNAF film, as Gil Kenan (Monster House) was previously scheduled to direct when the film was at Warner Bros.
Series creator Scott Cawthon has reportedly vetoed the script for Columbus’ version, and the film has been delayed accordingly. It was assumed at the time that Columbus had dropped the movie as a result, and now it’s official.
The FNAF movie has been in development for a very long time, and part of the struggle to get it off the ground is getting the script right.
“We’ve written several scripts, and we’ve got where we thread a needle, which does Five Nights at Freddy’s justice and done [FNAF creator Scott Cawthon] happy, ”Blum said.
Blum said Cawthon has the equivalent of the “final cut,” which is the special privilege of having the final say. “It took longer than I hoped to get the right story,” Blum said.
While making the FNAF film was a long process, Blum said he doesn’t plan on leaving anytime soon. “We’re a long way from giving up. And I’m sure I’ll figure it out eventually,” he said.
In 2020, Cawthon posted his many story ideas for the FNAF film, but kept quiet about his latest script which he plans to incorporate into the film itself.
Cawthon has been very protective of the FNAF film and takes the time to ensure the film is made correctly. Finding the right script was a long and difficult process, but Cawthon said he wouldn’t compromise on the story.
“I’m determined to find the right story,” he said in 2018. “I stand by what I’ve always said: either the right movie is made or no movie is made. If that means I have to start more than ten more times, then that’s what I’m going to do. The good thing is that each attempt gets better and better, in my opinion. So despite the delays, it’s okay in the right way.”
Most recently, Cawthon made headlines after his political gifts were revealed. He then retired from making video games to focus on his family.
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