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If you're afraid of robotic animals, you might want to shield your eyes: The Five Nights at Freddy's movie appears to be moving forward. The adaptation of the hit video game series will be written and directed by Chris Columbus (GremlinsHarry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone).

Five Nights at Freddy's, which first began in 2014, has been a surprise smash hit in the world of video games. Developed and published single developer, Scott Cawthon, the simple horror series takes place in rundown Freddy Fazbear's Pizza locations (essentially a fictional version of Chuck E. Cheese's), where haunted animatronic animals are out to kill you, the player.

The games developed a huge following on YouTube, where an audience of mostly young viewers and players flocked to it. Today, Five Nights at Freddy's toys, books, clothes and other merchandise can be found on store shelves everywhere.

Columbus' last video game-related venture, Pixels, was kind of terrible, but his history writing the Gremlins movies could lend itself well to this project, given the fine balance of horror and a predominantly young target audience.

No release date was given for the film, but the rights were once in the hands on Warner Bros. Back in 2015, director Gil Kenan (Monster House, Poltergeist) was attached to it. The rights changed hands to Blumhouse, the company behind movies like Get Out and Split, last March.

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