Given the early stage of the project, the Five Nights at Freddy's movie still doesn't have a premiere date.
The property was highly sought after when New Line sent the project into turnaround, but Blumhouse won out because video game creator Scott Cawthon liked what the horror heavy production banner meant to do with the franchise. Freddy's is full of animatronic animal characters that come to life after dark and take on a murderous bent befitting their dead eyes and creepy smiles. If you've ever been to a birthday party (as a kid or an adult) at Chuck E. Cheese's and see the animatronics moving around, you can understand why this game is such a big hit. Every genre filmmaker wanted it, but Blumhouse landed the property because producer Jason Blum won the allegiance of creator Cawthon.
Columbus is surely most closely associated with the first two films in both the Home Alone and Harry Potter franchises (not to mention his best movie, Mrs. Doubtfire, don't @ me), but much of his directorial output tends to get criticised for being somewhat milquetoast. While that doesn't exactly seem like a horror pedigree, Chris Columbus did write the original Gremlins, which is probably closer to the tone this film will be going for.
Five Nights at Freddy's is an indie video game which was introduced on all web-based platforms back in 2014. The games are excellent for jump scare fun, but there's not a whole lot of meat on them bones even though they tried to make the narrative of the game a bit more convoluted as the series went on.
Chris Columbus last directed the sci-fi action comedy Pixels starring Adam Sandler, and it was a real waste of an outstanding premise.
I just seriously wonder if this thing can be R-rated given the demographic of the fanbase.