Firestarter Remake on the Way


Stephen King’s resurgence on the big and small screen is continuing to gain traction with adaptations of The Dark Tower and It coming this year along with TV versions of The Mist and Mr. Mercedes not to mention the recent announcement of a Castle Rock TV show that will be set in the Stephen King universe. Now it looks like another Stephen King novel is about to get a brand new adaptation courtesy of Universal Pictures and Blumhouse Productions. King’s 1980 book Firestarter was already adapted for the big screen back in 1984 by director Mark Lester (Commando) with Drew Barrymore in the lead role. Now a new version is in the works and they have a director attached who is mostly known for his work as a screenwriter and producer. Hit the jump for more details.

According to Deadline, Akiva Goldsman will direct a remake of Stephen King’s Firestarter for Blumhouse Productions. Goldsman is best known for writing screenplays for movies like I Am Legend, The Da Vinci Code and A Beautiful Mind (for which he won an Oscar) but in recent years he has started to direct with his first feature Winter’s Tale receiving relatively mixed reviews. His upcoming film Stephanie is a horror film that was produced by Jason Blum and he also wrote the screenplay for Stephen King’s The Dark Tower, which would seem to explain how this project came together.

Firestarter revolves around a young girl with pyrokinetic abilities who is on the run from a secret government agency and it seems to have been part of the inspiration for the first season of Stranger Things. A couple of years ago, there were reports that TNT was developing a TV series continuation of the novel called The Shop (which is the name of said government agency) although nothing seemed to come of it. Either way, Blumhouse has a pretty solid track record as of late and the idea of them starting to adapt Stephen King stories seems like a promising one indeed. Are you looking forward to a Firestarter remake?

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  • Kurt

    Wasn’t Jeff Nichols’ MIDNIGHT SPECIAL essentially a remake of FIRESTARTER?

    (hell, one could even argue that LOGAN was…)