Blumhouse Makes Five Nights at Freddy’s Video Game Adaptation, and More Movie News

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This week’s Ketchup brings you more headlines from the world of film development news, covering titles such as Five nights at Freddy’s, The Oregon Trail, Spawnand Tarzan.

There’s YouTube “Let’s Plays” and reaction videos for nearly every video game ever made, but there’s a whole subset of reaction videos specially for horror game 2014 Five nights at Freddy’s and its sequels. There have been various attempts to obtain a Five nights at Freddy’s go to the cinema for more than seven yearsincluding a period when twice Harry Potter director Chris Columbus was considering the job. Blumhouse Horror Specialist is now on board the effort to bring the game’s creepy animatronic robot animals to the big screen. The Five nights at Freddy’s film will be directed by Emma Tammi (The wind), with Jim Henson’s Creature Shop handling the design and production of the various animatronic animals that come to life in Freddy Fazbear’s Pizza at night. Filming of Five nights at Freddy’s should start in early 2023.

Marvel fans who have been following Disney+ shows have probably noticed that they are setting up the future of the MCU, including movies like Wonders (2/17/2023) – featuring Iman Vellani Ms. Marvel – and Captain America: New World (03/05/2024) – a direct sequel to Anthony Mackie who became Captain America in The Falcon and the Winter Soldier. The Phase Five and Six movies also called on the writers and directors of Disney+ shows, and it happened again this week. Marvel Studios drafted Loki screenwriter Michael Waldron adapt the scenario for Avengers: Secret Wars (7/11/2025), which would end the MCU’s Phase Six and Marvel’s ongoing “multiverse saga,” which arguably began in Loki. Destiny Daniel Cretton (Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings) has been hired in July to lead Avengers: Kang Dynasty (02/05/2025), but no director has been announced for Avengers: Secret Wars Again.

When computers were first introduced to schools in the 1980s, there were gaps in the types of “educational games” available, especially for older students. A game that seems to have been almost universally available has been The Oregon Traila deceptively simple game about surviving the long journey across America in the 1800s that often ended in deaths from dysentery. The Oregon Trail is also now in development as a musical from the team behind this week Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile, which includes co-directors Josh Gordon and Will Speck and songwriters Benj Pasek and Justin Paul. Will Speck also mentioned in an interview this week that the publishing house behind The Oregon Trail is also on board as the film’s co-producer.

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This year marks the 25th anniversary of the 1997 superhero film Spawn (Rotten 17%), based on the supernatural antihero from Image Comics and creator Todd McFarlane. For almost all of those 25 years, McFarlane has been trying to get a suite and/or an expanded remake. The Spawn to restart can finally be produced thanks to horror production company Blumhouse (which, coincidentally, also made news this week for reviving the Five nights at Freddy’s project). To get Spawn Going again, Blumhouse enlisted two writers with past experience adapting popular comic book characters: Scott Silver (co-writer of Joker and its upcoming sequel Joker: Madness for two), Malcolm Spellman (The Falcon and the Winter Soldier and the next Captain America: New World Order ), and newcomer Matt Mixon. Jamie Foxx remains committed to reprising the role of Spawn first performed in 1997 by Michael Jai White.


4. SONY PICTURES ACQUIRES TARZAN NEW FRANCHISE FEES

Alexander Skarsgard in The Legend of Tarzan (2016)

(Photo by Jonathan Olley/©Warner Bros.)

In the 110 years since Edgar Rice Burroughs’ Tarzan first appeared in the 1912 novel Tarzan of the monkeysthe character appeared in dozens of movies, plus various TV shows and other adaptations. We haven’t had that many in the last 25 years, with the most hyped adaptations being Disney’s 1999 animated film Tarzan (Certified Fresh at 89%), and Warner Bros’ 2016 attempt to reboot the franchise with The Legend of Tarzan (35% rotten), with Alexander Skarsgård and Margot Robbie. Almost every Hollywood studio has tried at least one Tarzan movie, except (as far as this writer knows) Sony (or Columbia Pictures), but that changed this week when Sony Pictures picked up screen rights from the estate of Edgar Rice Burroughs. Sony would be interested in doing a “total reimagining” of the character in an effort to develop Tarzan in a new feature film franchise. Given that this project was just first announced this week, it’s far too early to even guess who Sony might possibly play as its new Tarzan.


5. JOHN WATERS RETURNS TO MANAGEMENT AFTER 18 YEARS WITH LIARMOUTH

John Waters

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It’s a big week for projects involving properties that have lain dormant for decades. For this story, the concept instead applies to a beloved director who hasn’t given his fans a movie since 2004. John Waters (hair spray, serial mom) is back to realization for the first time in 18 years since 2004 A dirty shame (53% rotten) with an adaptation of his own 2022 novel Liarmouth. Waters’ production company is a partner on Liarmouth will be Village Roadshow Entertainment, a frequent partner with Warner Bros., but it’s not yet known if Warner Bros. intends to distribute the film. As for a potential plot synopsis, the source novel focuses on “Marsha Sprinkle, suitcase thief, trickster, and master of disguise. Dogs and children hate her. Her own family wants her dead. She’s smart , she is desperate, she is disturbed and she is on the run with a big chip on her shoulder.


6. THE BAD BUNNY MARVEL MOVIE THE MUERTO DIRECTED BY JONAS CUARON

Bad Bunny on stage

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When Sony Pictures acquired the film rights to the various villains and secondary characters First introduced in the Spider-Man comics, the package didn’t just include famous characters like Venom but also more obscure ones like the next Madame Web (16/02/2024). One of Sony’s deepest dives into Spider-Man side characters is El Muertoa luchador-style Mexican wrestler who has only appeared in a few comics since 2006. For their El Muerto film, Sony lured Grammy-winning musical performer Bad Bunny, and now the project has its director in Jonás Cuarón (Desert), the director’s son Alfonso Cuarón (Rome, children of men), who co-wrote the Oscar-winning film Gravity (Certified Fresh at 96%) with his father. Sony Pictures has already programmed El Muerto for release on January 12, 2024.


7. REESE WITHERSPOON PARTNER ON BUILD-A-BEAR’S GOLDILOCKS FILM

Reese Witherspoon

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To date, Reese Witherspoon’s production company Hello Sunshine has mostly focused on adult dramas or thrillers like Savage (Certified Fresh at 88%), missing girl (Certified fresh at 88%), and this year Where the Crawdads sing (34% rotten). This week, however, it was Hello Sunshine’s kids and animation division that grabbed the headlines, as they associate with Build-a-Bear Entertainment on an adaptation of the classic children’s tale Goldilocks and the three bears. The project will be “a modern take on the classic tale” that centers on a “powerful female protagonist” and, presumably, will also be heavily Build-a-Bear-scarred upon release.


8. ALEXANDRE AND… THE VERY BAD DAY REBOOT ON DISNEY+

Ed Oxenbould in Alexander the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day (2014)

(Photo by Dale Robinette/©Walt Disney Motion Pictures)

popular children’s book Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, Not a good, very bad day just adapted by Disney like a movie with Steve Carell and Jennifer Garner as recently as 2014. Of course, eight years seems a lot longer for young children, which might explain why Disney+ is already plan to restart the title with a new adaptation of Judith Viorst’s children’s book. The new film will be a Latin-centric adaptation with George Lopez and Eva Longoria reprising the roles of Alexander’s parents, and it will be directed by Marvin Lemus, the showrunner of the bilingual series. gentified (96% fresh).


9. JARED LETO TO TRY A DIFFERENT ACCENT AS GERMAN DESIGNER KARL LAGERFELD

Jared Leto

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Last year, Jared Leto earned a Golden Raspberry nomination for Worst Supporting Actor for his role in Gucci Housein which he adopted an Italian accent which attracted its share of ridicule on social media and elsewhere. For his new project, Leto will support the German accent of the famous couturier Karl Lagerfeld. Leto will also co-produce the untitled Karl Lagerfeld biopic with three of Lagerfeld’s longtime confidants, Pier Paolo Richi, Caroline Lebar and Sébastien Jondeau. In addition to his own eponymous fashion label, Lagerfeld was also the longtime creative director of Chanel and Italian fur fashion house Fendi.


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