The year 2023 has brought excitement to gamers as their beloved PC and NPC characters are set to come alive on the big screen. Traditionally considered a challenging endeavor, the adaptation of video games into movies or shows was often avoided. However, HBO’s successful and faithful rendition of ‘The Last of Us’ has given hope that such adaptations can be done right.
The recent box office success of ‘The Super Mario Brothers Movie’ further strengthens this resolve. Several game-to-screen adaptations are on the horizon, including Peacock’s ‘Twisted Metal,’ which promises to instill fear, and the eagerly anticipated ‘Five Nights at Freddy’s,’ scheduled for release this fall. Produced by Jason Blum’s renowned company, Blumhouse, ‘Five Nights at Freddy’s’ is based on Scott Cawthon’s popular playable series of the same name. In a conversation with Discussing Film (via Total Film) while promoting another thrilling project, ‘Insidious: The Red Door,’ Blum expressed his openness to bringing more game-to-screen adaptations to life. Responding to the positive reception of the online promotion for ‘Five Nights at Freddy’s,’ Blum stated, “Well, I think the right video games make great source material for movies.”
Drawing parallels with the success of ‘The Super Mario Brothers Movie,’ Blum expressed his hope that his upcoming project would yield similar results. He continued, “I mean, you saw that even with [The Super Mario Bros. Movie]. It’s a different genre, but it was an amazingly successful movie. I certainly hope that’s the case [with Five Nights at Freddy’s]. James [Wan] is actually a big gamer, and we have a games division of our company that we’ve been working on. I’m definitely looking forward to finding more popular games that we can turn into horror movies.”
Blumhouse is preparing for a merger with Atomic Monster, James Wan’s production company, often referred to as “the new king of horror.” This partnership is dedicated to delivering bone-chilling stories. Blum was asked about the status of the merger, to which he replied, “Our agreement is almost done. It’s almost official, so we’re both excited about that. It’s not new for us, you know? We collaborated on ‘M3GAN,’ and we’ve collaborated on all these ‘Insidious’ movies.” Blum further explained what fans can expect from this union: “The results of our collaborations, I should say, have been very positive. So, for the fans, I think the good news is, instead of one movie every couple of years, it’ll be [new movies] every year. Some movies will be more Atomic Monster, some movies will be more Blumhouse. But both companies’ DNA will be present in all of our films. Ultimately, this will lead to better movies for the fans and more of them.”
Watch the thrilling new trailer for ‘Five Nights at Freddy’s’ below, ahead of its highly anticipated release in theaters and on Peacock on October 27.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about video game adaptations
Q: What is the basis of the excitement surrounding Jason Blum and video game adaptations?
A: The excitement surrounding Jason Blum and video game adaptations stems from the success of HBO’s ‘The Last of Us’ and the recent box office success of ‘The Super Mario Brothers Movie.’ These achievements have given hope that video game adaptations can be faithful to the source material and resonate with fans when done right.
Q: Which video game adaptation is Jason Blum’s production company, Blumhouse, working on?
A: Blumhouse is working on the highly anticipated adaptation of the popular playable series ‘Five Nights at Freddy’s’ by Scott Cawthon. The movie is set to unleash terror and is scheduled for release in the fall.
Q: How does Jason Blum view video games as source material for movies?
A: Jason Blum believes that the right video games make excellent source material for movies. He draws parallels with the success of ‘The Super Mario Brothers Movie’ and hopes for a similar outcome with ‘Five Nights at Freddy’s.’ Blum sees video games as a valuable resource for compelling storytelling and engaging horror movies.
Q: What is the status of the merger between Blumhouse and Atomic Monster?
A: The merger between Blumhouse and Atomic Monster, James Wan’s production company, is almost official. Jason Blum mentioned that they have collaborated on projects like ‘M3GAN’ and the ‘Insidious’ movies, and the results have been positive. The merger aims to bring together the strengths of both companies to deliver a broader range of movies for fans.
Q: What can fans expect from the Blumhouse and Atomic Monster merger?
A: Fans can look forward to more movies each year resulting from the merger. Some films will lean more towards Atomic Monster, while others will have a stronger Blumhouse influence. However, the DNA of both companies will be present in all the movies, ensuring a diverse range of thrilling and high-quality content for fans.