Director Sheds Plenty Of Light On ‘Firestarter’ Remake

by Thomas Tuna

Things are heating up with the planned Firestarter remake from Universal Pictures and Blumhouse Productions.

Director Keith Thomas said this week that the remake of the 1984 big screen treatment of the classic 1980 novel by Stephen King is expected to start shooting later this year, as reported by

The film–which has neither a production schedule nor a cast as of this writing–is a project Thomas is anxious to sink his teeth into. “It’s a new adaptation of the book,” he said. “When Jason (Blum) pitched it to me, it was exciting, as that’s one of my favorite Stephen King novels. And while I really like the 1980s film, I felt we could do something new.”

The screenplay was penned by Scott Teems, who wrote this year’s Halloween Kills, and Thomas called it “an amazing script. It has everything you would want–people’s heads catching fire and their faces melting off and a dad and daughter on the run, trying to survive being chased in this heightened, tense experience.”

Thomas said this project “will be a lot of fun,” adding that the opportunity to remake this film is “humbling and really exciting.”

And it looks like the master himself is firmly behind the film. Thomas said King “approved me as director, and he read the script from the early stages, and he’s very happy with it. He’s there the whole way.”

The storyline of Firestarter–as King’s Constant Readers know–centers around a government agency known only as The Shop and two participants in a mysterious research program conducted by the agency. This man and woman–who were given a hallucinogen called “Lot Six”–marry and have a girl, Charlie. As she gets older, she discovers she possesses pyrokinetic powers–she can cause objects to explode into flames. And The Shop wants to control her and use her as a weapon.

The original film–directed by Mark Lester–starred a young Drew Barrymore (Charlie), David Keith, Martin Sheen, George C. Scott and Heather Locklear. That movie spawned the 2002 TV miniseries Firestarter: Rekindled.

With so many details on the film still to be ironed out, keep reading Horror News Network to stay up-to-date on Firestarter.


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