I’ve always wanted to see someone kill Chuck E. Cheese, and who better to do it than Nicolas Cage? Unfortunately, it won’t be until next year when Cage will have his chance in Willy’s Wonderland (formerly Wally’s Wonderland), but at least we can get a taste of him battling demonic animatronic animals right now.
Directed by Kevin Lewis and seemingly inspired by the Five Nights at Freddy’s video games (also being turned into a movie by Blumhouse), Willy’s Wonderland finds Cage as a drifter who is tricked into a janitorial gig at the abandoned family entertainment center. But his mundane job gets a lot more exciting when the eight animatronic creatures come to life and try to murder him. The film also stars Emily Tosta, Beth Grant, Caylee Cowan, Ric Reitz, and Chris Warner.
Chuck E. Cheese, and that bear or whatever from Showbiz Pizza, always freaked me out as a kid. I’ll never forget playing a game of Centipede and doing better than I ever had in my young life, only to have Chuck E. Cheese sneak up on me and scare the shit out of me, causing me to lose. Never went back after that. I will live vicariously through Cage in this movie.
There’s no set release date for Willy’s Wonderland but it will arrive in theaters and VOD, possibly in April 2021.