Five Nights At Freddy's was one of 2023's biggest Box Office draws, due to its popularity with the video game, and haunting storyline. However, other components made the film successful, such as its soundtrack, beautifully decaying animatronics, and old-school aesthetics. Even if one isn't a horror fan, the film has plenty to offer for them to enjoy.
With Five Nights At Freddy's star Josh Hutcherson, who portrays security night guard Mike Schmidt, confirming that a sequel is in the works, there are many avenues in which the narrative can go. It's very possible to get another scare or two from the animatronics or explore more of Mike's close relationship with his baby sister, Abby (Piper Rubio).
As the sequel is in its early stages of production, we'd like to see some desirable plots that could benefit the movie and our visions come to life.
4 things we would like to see in the Five Nights At Freddy's sequel
The Security Breach version of the animatronics
The first movie had the "classic" designs of the FNaF animatronics, but since the sequel will likely have a new plot, why not have another version of the animal friends? In the later game, Security Breach, Freddy, and his crew take on the personas of 1980s Glam Rock musicians. The bright-colored fashion and hair are symbolic of the decade. It'd be a cool plot point in the film and a reintroduction of the characters in its respective universe.
Another highlight of the animatronics is that they were created by the Jim Henson Creature Shop, and not by CGI, giving both the actors and the audience a deeper connection with Freddy, Bonnie, Chica, and Foxy.
Digging deeper into Mike's and Vanessa's budding relationship
At the end of the film, Mike rescues Vanessa, the police officer who was helping him locate his sister. In a surprise twist, she's also William Afton's daughter. William was the criminal mastermind behind the children's murders. So, that must have been an awkward relationship.
If Vanessa survived, then there's potential for her and Mike's relationship to develop, possibly forming a romance between them. Even if that didn't happen, their dynamic of fighting off the robots was one of the film's climaxes and exciting to watch.
Even more 1980s Easter Eggs to crack
One of the fun things about Five Nights At Freddy's was that it constantly hinted at 1980s nostalgia, a highlight that drew me in. The job introduction on VHS cassette, the fact it was set in an abandoned pizza arcade, and even the clothes worn by Abby screamed of the '80s. It was a great time to be a kid and have fun.
Now, while arcades were popular, so were shopping malls. They were the place to be and be seen on weekends or after school. Since arcades were a mall staple, why not have the sequel inside an abandoned mall? Mike and Abby can find new and innovative ways to battle the spirited-fueled animatronics as they lurk between the stores and attractions. It has plenty of story structure, setting, and lore, perfect for the FNaF Universe.
More of the bond between Mike and Abby
It's obvious that Mike will protect Abby at all costs, as he already lost his younger brother, Garrett. Additionally, Mike made mistakes in his past that nearly jeopardized his custody, and with his new job, it continues to falter. Nonetheless, he loves his sister and the bond that the two share is special.
If the sequel allows it, we'd like too see more of the siblings' closeness as it was one of the hearts of the movie. You must have a personal relationship to make a story stand out and Mike and Abby have that.