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The Five Nights at Freddy’s movie has a director, and with him hope

Fans of the point-and-click horror game Five Nights at Freddy’s, rejoice! The big screen adaptation has found its director, and he comes with his very own Oscar nomination.

According to Deadline, Warner Bros. has tapped Oscar nominee Gil Kenan to direct and co-write the film adaption.

Kenan is arguably best known for his animated work, including the Oscar nominated animated film, Monster House. The Five Nights at Freddy’s movie will be live action, but Kenan’s credits also include City of Embers and the recent Poltergeist remake.

Any gaming fan can tell you that Hollywood adaptations of games have a “troubled history,” which is a nice way of saying they suck. There are a few that have been average, and that’s about where the bar has remained for decades now. When a Paul W.S. Anderson film is one of the best of a genre, that genre is laughably bad.

That might be finally changing though. More and more, Hollywood is looking for a new source to milk, and superhero films have shown execs that people are willing to wholeheartedly buy into what was once something on the fringe.

Hollywood has always had one eye on the gaming industry, but it just hasn’t understood it well enough to appreciate what makes certain games so outstanding. It just bought a property and threw a director at it. Uwe Boll’s career is based on this horrible precedent, but that is changing as a new wave of movies based on games are given some respect, and talented filmmakers are being brought on to take charge.

Five Nights at Freddy’s debuted in August 2014 for Android, iOS, and PC. It takes place in a Chuck-E-Cheese-like pizzeria, and puts you in the shoes as a security guard locked in with murderous, animatronic animals that come to life for the night. There are currently four games available, each set in a different time zone (the fourth is also set in a different location).

Although Poltergeist was a commercial hit, it received mixed reviews from critics and audiences. In something that should encourage fans of Five at Freddy’s though, the general consensus was that the film was alright, but the reboot was unnecessary. In other words, it wasn’t Kenan’s fault, it was the studio’s. So there’s that.

The next step will likely be casting, which should begin soon.

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