The much-desired Firestarter reboot will light up theaters and Peacock this spring.
Universal Studios this week announced it will release the R-rated Blumhouse Productions feature May 13, and will go day-and-date on Peacock as well.
Firestarter–from director Keith Thomas (The Vigil) and screenwriter Scott Teems (Halloween Kills)–is based on Stephen King’s classic 1980 bestseller and remakes the 1984 film.
This new take on King’s storyline will follow a girl “with extraordinary pyrokinetic powers as she fights to protect her family and herself from sinister forces that seek to capture and control her,” according to the official synopsis.
For more than a decade, Andy (Zac Efron) and Vicky (Sydney Lemmon) “have been on the run, desperate to hide their daughter Charlie (Ryan Kiera Armstrong) from a shadowy federal agency that wants to harness her gift and make fire into a weapon of mass destruction.”
After an incident reveals the family’s location, “a mysterious operative (Michael Greyeyes) is deployed to hunt down the family and seize Charlie once and for all. Charlie has other plans.”
Firestarter–produced by Jason Blum and Akiva Goldsman–also features Kurtwood Smith, John Beasley and Gloria Reuben. The score is from legendary composer John Carpenter, working with Cody Carpenter and Daniel Davies.
This reboot will include elements in King’s novel that did not appear in the original film, Thomas said. The director added that, in this movie, “you’re going to see all the stuff Charlie can do–which is cool and exciting. And if we did it right, you should come out of it emotional.”
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