Zac Efron: Production Has Wrapped On ‘Firestarter’

Where there’s smoke…there’s fire.

In this case, the “smoke” is a Twitter photo from Zac Efron–one of the stars of the reboot of Stephen King’s Firestarter. The film, according to the actor, has finished shooting, as reported by “That’s a wrap on Firestarter movie,” he wrote. “Can’t wait for you guys to see this.”

The photo–seen on this page–shows Efron with Ryan Kiera Armstrong, who recently was tapped to play Charlie in the remake. Charlie, as King fans know, is the titular “firestarter” in the classic story of a young girl with pyrokinetic abilities, who is pursued by a secret government agency bent on using those powers as a weapon.

The Blumhouse Productions and Universal Studios film–which also stars Sydney Lemmon, Michael Greyeyes and Gloria Reuben–is directed by Keith Thomas from a screenplay by Scott Teems.

Thomas said this reboot will be “a little different from the original film. For me, it was leaning into more emotional aspects. It was leaning into parenthood…how do you raise a child, especially a child with abilities like this? That was the place the script went.”

The director added that this movie will tap into aspects of King’s 1980 novel that the first film didn’t. “There’s a lot of stuff in the book that isn’t in the original film,” he said. “There’s stuff in there that we’re using, that we’re going into.”

The reboot, he said, “will have the effects, and you’re going to see all the stuff Charlie can do–which is fun and cool and exciting–but if we do it right, you should come out of it emotional.”

The original 1984 Firestarter–directed by Mark Lester from a screenplay by Stanley Mann–starred Drew Barrymore, David Keith, Martin Sheen and George C. Scott. The film–not a big hit with critics or King fans–managed just $19 million at the box office on a $12-million budget.

A release date for the remake has yet to be announced, so keep reading Horror News Network for additional updates on Firestarter.


Thomas Tuna
Thomas A. Tuna is a comic book veteran who began his writing career back in the ’70s with Charlton Comics, contributing to such horror titles as Ghost Manor, Haunted, The Many Ghosts of Dr. Graves and Ghostly Haunts. Most recently, he has served as a writer and editor (with more than a smattering of horror yarns) for such comic book websites as Hyper Epics and Red Moon Features. Some of his favorite horror flicks include Jaws, Salem’s Lot, Dracula (with Frank Langella) and Blade. His favorite horror comic books? Tomb of Dracula (by Marv Wolfman and Gene Colan) and Swamp Thing (by Len Wein and Berni Wrightson).

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