Five Nights at Freddy's Movie Update: Chirs Columbus No Longer Directing But Film Is Still Happening

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The anticipated Five Nights at Freddy's movie is still in the works. Unfortunately, while fans are waiting for updates, it seems that the film might take longer because Blumhouse CEO Jason Blum just announced that Chris Columbus is no longer involved in the movie.

Chris Columbus Exits Five Nights at Freddy's Movie

Blum sat down for an interview with Collider for Amazon Prime Video's upcoming Welcome to the Blumhouse film series. During the chat, Blum revealed that Columbus is no longer helming the upcoming Five Nights at Freddy's movie.

"Chris Columbus is no longer attached," he said.

Blumhouse announced the Harry Potter and Home Alone filmmaker's involvement in the movie in 2018. The production company shared a photo of two director's chairs with the names Freddy Fazzbear and Chris Columbus.

When asked if the company had already hired a new filmmaker, Columbus declined to comment.

"That is classified information," he said.

What Took Five Nights at Freddy's Movie So Long?

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It has been three years since the announcement of the FNAF movie, and there is still no visible progress. According to Blum, it was down to getting the script right. The team is having a hard time getting the perfect plot they want.

"It's really tough to crack," he said.

"We've written multiple scripts, and we've got where we're threading a needle, which is doing justice to Five Nights at Freddy's and making Scott [Cawthon] happy. The only way that we would go about it is giving Scott ... I don't want to do something that Scott doesn't like," he explained. "Let me say that a different way. I don't have the right to do anything Scott doesn't like. Basically, Scott has kind of like the equivalent of ‘final cut' and it's taken longer than I hoped to get the right story."

Cawthon mentioned the various iterations of the script in November 2020, Collider noted. He mentioned that the film was set to shoot in spring 2021. He also said that they had 10 different drafts leading to the "Mike" screenplay, which he described had the "right characters, all the right motivations, [and] all the right stakes."


He also praised the script, saying it was fun and scary. It also had a "great central story." But it seemed that it was impossible to follow through, especially after Blum confirmed that Columbus is no longer part of the film. Unless they already hired a new director.

Although there is a significant change in the filmmaker, Blum assured the fans that the movie is still happening.

"We're a long way from giving up. And I'm confident eventually I will figure it out," he said.