Millions of avid gamers were either ecstatic or mortified when news broke about the film adaptation of the horror game Five Nights At Freddy's. I went back and forth for a while, sizing up the avaliable pros and cons of the film, and I have come to the conclusion that it could work. How it could work is still an ongoing question.
Five Nights at Freddy's is a pretty straightforward game. You are a night-guard at Freddy Fazbear's Pizzeria and you have to defend yourself against the animatronics that come to life at night.
In the game you can't move. You simply stay in a seat, look through security cameras, flicker on lights, and remotely open and close doors. However, the twist is that you have a certain amount of battery life, so you have to use the cameras, lights, and doors sparingly. The ultimate goal is to survive until 6am, when your shift ends. After five nights of survival, you win the game.
The game concept has turned off a lot of gamers with its simplicity and apparent lack of story, but through the second and third games of the franchise a rather bleak and depressing storyline is revealed.
The basis of the lore is that a man used one of the Freddy Fazbear's suits to lure children to their deaths. The spirits of these dead children started to possess the animatronics, causing them to come after you.
That's pretty horrifying right? Several theorists have tried to slap a name to the murderer, from saying the murderer is the man on the phone who gives you instructions to guessing that the character that you play as is the one to kill the kids. Either way, the series has a pretty morbid plot.
So how would a movie work?
Now I'm not overly familiar with many horror movies. I've always preferred action and adventure to blood and screaming, but one horror film that I thoroughly enjoyed was the original Saw.
The same style of the movie could be utilised for FNAF. In Saw the main two characters are locked in the room as they are spied on from security cameras. As they attempt to find a way to escape, the police works to find the man responsible in order to free the protagonists.
In FNAF, the night-guard could have been locked into the pizzeria overnight. As he tries to survive the animatronics attacks, he could be watched through cameras by a mysterious figure. This man could be the one who killed the kids to begin with. He could be trapping the night-guard to make sure the animatronics didn't actually break out of the pizzeria to come looking for the one responsible for murdering children.
While the night-guard is trapped, the police could be searching for the murderer in order to save the night-guard.
Who could play the night-guard?
The general consensus among fans is for Mark FischBach, aka Markiplier, to play the lead. Mark is a popular YouTube gamer known for being "the king of Five Nights at Freddy's". Mark responded to the fans on Twitter.
I agree with Mark. He's not really an actor. He's an amazing entertainer, I'll give him that, but he doesn't have any actual training as an actor. I would love to see him in a cameo role though. Perhaps he could even voice the phone guy (he does have a nice voice).
For an actual casting choice, you would need someone to play an everyone Joe kind of role, who took the job just for the pay. It needs to be someone who can project pure terror well so I would have to go with Paul Rudd.
Sure he's more of a comedic actor, but he has the normal guy feel that can definitely pull off a night-guard. Not to mention if Paul can pull of a horror movie, he'll be able to prove his versatility in acting in many different genres.