'Bad News' About Five Nights at Freddy's Movie Revealed by Scott Cawthon

Published: Friday, November 20, 2020 - 15:43 | By: Robert N. Adams
Pitched Scripts Get Ditched

Franchise creator Scott Cawthon has revealed some "bad news" about the upcoming Five Night's at Freddy's movie while also detailing several pitched scripts that were ultimately passed on.

The Five Nights at Freddy's franchise has proven to be massively popular. This horror series puts players in the shoes of a person trapped within Freddy Fazbear's Pizza, a restaurant with creepy animatronic characters. Unfortunately, these animatronics are somewhat murderous and players will have to carefully navigate the levels of a game to make it out alive.

 
 

The formula has proven immensely popular, with eight games released on Steam and other platforms in just a few short years. The horror formula worked so well, in fact, that a movie is in the works — and Scott Cawthon detailed some of the rejected scripts that were submitted.

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What's the 'Bad News' About the Five Night's at Freddy's Movie?

Scott Cawthon made a submission to the franchise's subreddit, listing some of the screenplays that were submitted for the upcoming movie. These screenplays included adaptations from the franchise's novels, stories that were loosely based on the media franchise (including a dreaded "Manhattan gets taken over by animatronics" screenplay), and several others.

One of the more ambitious screenplays would have spanned multiple time periods exploring the Freddy Fazbear's Pizza franchise and its history, giving hardcore fans of the franchise a serious love letter. Unfortunately, this script was rejected as it would have been too confusing to newcomers. In fact, all of these scripts were ultimately rejected — all except one, that is.

And that's the "bad news" that Scott Cawthon playfully teased the game's fans with at least nine Five Night's At Freddy's movie scripts that are not being produced. That's because they've chosen to go forward with what's being called the "Mike" screenplay. It also happens to be the only one out of ten screenplays that doesn't reveal any meaningful details about the potential plot.

Going forward, the Five Night's at Freddy's movie will start filming in Spring 2021. Also, Scott Cathown is a devious prankster — a trait that probably helped make the Five Nights at Freddy's games such a massive success.

Do you think you'll watch the Five Nights at Freddy's movie or do you think it's a better experience as a game? Do you think any of the rejected screenplays would have made for a good film? Let us know in the comments below!


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I've had a controller in my hand since I was 4 and I haven't stopped gaming since. CCGs, Tabletop Games, Pen & Paper RPGs - I've tried a whole bunch of stuff over the years and I'm always looking to try more!