The flames are burning brighter than ever for the remake of Stephen King’s classic Firestarter–a remake fans have been anxiously awaiting.
Akiva Goldsman–who is producing the film alongside Jason Blum–said in a recent interview that filming on the new Firestarter should start “in 12 weeks,” according to screenrant.com. Considering when that interview was conducted, the timeline indicates shooting would begin in late June or early July.
The remake–from Blumhouse Productions and Universal Pictures–will look to improve on the original 1984 adaption of King’s 1980 novel.
Goldsman acknowledged “there are things I will never forget from the original movie, but it diverged from the book significantly. So Scott Teems wrote this terrific script, which is much closer to the novel in both incident and tone. Firestarter was always some of Stephen’s most intimate and effective horror.”
Keith Thomas (The Vigil)–who directs from Teems’ screenplay–said King is on board with the remake. “He read the script from the early stages,” Thomas said, “and he’s very happy with it. He’s there the whole way.”
The storyline of Firestarter–for those few who have never read this early King novel–follows a government agency known as The Shop and two participants in a secret research project. The man and woman are given a hallucinogen–called “Lot Six”–after which they marry and have a girl, Charlie. As she gets older, Charlie discovers she has pyrokinetic powers–she can cause objects to explode in flames. And The Shop wants to control her and use her as a weapon.
The critical role of Charlie has not yet been cast, but her screen father–Andy McGee–will be played by Zac Efron, and Michael Greyeyes has been cast as John Rainbird, a deadly assassin for The Shop.
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