Matthew Lillard (Scream) is reportedly attached to star in, not one, but three instalments in Blumhouse’s live-action Five Nights at Freddy’s movie franchise, an adaptation of the popular video game. Alongside this newly reported information comes the news, of course, that Blumhouse plan on producing a live-action Five Nights at Freddy’s 2 and a Five Nights at Freddy’s 3, sequels to their upcoming 2023 release, however, this has yet to be confirmed by Blumhouse Productions officially.
Attached to the reported information were details that the second instalment will begin production in early 2024, with the third instalment aiming for an early 2025 start in production, alongside speculation that the two titles will also be aiming to release in the same year they begin production, similar to the 2023 Five Nights at Freddy’s instalment as it both began and wrapped production in early 2023.
Lillard has already been confirmed to star in the 2023 FNAF movie as William Afton, aka the Purple Guy, aka Springtrap, aka the evil murderer who is the one to blame for the horror that Josh Hutcherson’s Mike Schmidt will have to endure, just as his character, and players had to during the game series.
Matthew Lillard Returning For Multiple FNAF Movies?
The new information comes from a Twitter account known as @CoqProd, which claims to have spoken to an actual production crew member from Blumhouse’s FNAF franchise, with details that two sequels are currently in the works, with Lillard set to star as the evil William Afton in all three.
“It’s pretty much basic knowledge at this point. Matt signed a 3 picture deal” is what the supposed Blumhouse employee told @CoqProd, before giving permission to post the information to the web, seemingly confirming that FNAF fans will be treated to multiple high-budget movie adaptations.
Lillard recently announced the news on a 3-picture-deal being struck at Blumhouse, which you can watch below, which explains the basic knowledge reference by the supposed Blumhouse employee, however, the two sequels have yet to be officially announced by Blumhouse Productions.
Whether this is true or not, it is currently unclear if three is the final number for the franchise, if Blumhouse plans on producing more, or if the live-action FNAF series is set to only be a trilogy.
It may be safe to assume that this information is accurate simply due to how large the fanbase already is, with the FNAF franchise already obtaining a mass following since its original game debut, and if the first instalment does well, it could be a safe bet that Blumhouse will aim to expand on it as much as possible.
The already existing FNAF lore, alone, would already be enough source material to produce a multi-film series, with potential for spin-off projects if fans take to the live-action adaptation positively.
Blumhouse’s Five Nights at Freddy’s releases in theatres and on Peacock on October 27, 2023.