EXCLUSIVE: Gil Kenan has made a deal with Warner Bros to direct Five Nights At Freddy’s, a live-action adaptation of the popular video game series created by Scott Cawthon. It is an online sensation that takes place in a Chuck-E-Cheese-like eatery, where an animatronic animal that is part of the house band becomes a murderer at night. Players who’ve been locked inside try to survive the rampaging murder machine and his furry cohorts. Hatched in 2014, this became a popular app game, and players have the benefit of seeing what’s coming thanks to a series of security cameras that warn of approaching danger.
Kenan will write the script with Tyler Burton Smith. Roy Lee is producing with Seth Grahame-Smith and David Katzenberg and Adam Stone and Jay Ireland are exec producing with Jon Berg and Nik Mavinkurve overseeing for the studio.
Kenan, whose breakout came after being tapped by Steven Spielberg and Robert Zemeckis for Monster House, followed with City Of Ember and most recently directed the Poltergeist remake. He’s repped by WME and so is his co-writer.