‘Firestarter’ Reboot Ripped By Critics, Suffers In Previews

by Thomas Tuna

This reboot may need someone to fan the flames.

Firestarter–the much-anticipated Blumhouse remake of the 1984 feature based on Stephen King’s 1980 classic novel–held Thursday night previews in advance of its day-and-dare release in theaters and on Peacock today, but did not fare well, according to a report in Deadline.

The reboot–which has already been skewered by several critics (earning a mere 24 percent mark from Rotten Tomatoes)–previewed in 2,700 venues and pulled in just $375,000. Industry projections say the $12-million production will open today in 3,400 theaters and earn from $5 million to $7 million this weekend.

Firestarter–directed by Keith Thomas from a screenplay by Scott Teems–stars Jac Efron, Ryan Kiera Armstrong, Sydney Lemmon, Michael Greyeyes, Kurtwood Smith, John Beasley and Gloria Reuben.

The film’s familiar storyline follows 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 logline.

Keep reading Horror News Network for updates on the opening weekend for Firestarter.


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