New 'Firestarter' Movie on Its Way

New 'Firestarter' Movie on Its Way

May 01, 2017


Over the past 40 years, Stephen King has proven to be an irresistible source of material for a wide variety of filmmakers. In the 1980s alone, more than a dozen movies were drawn from his short stories or novels, including Firestarter.

Released in May 1984, Firestarter revolved around young Charlie McGee (Drew Barrymore in her first movie after E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial), who has the ability to start fires with her mind because of an experiment performed upon her parents Andy and Vicky (David Keith and Heather Locklear) years before by a mysterious government agency known as The Shop. Charlie and her father must go on the run because The Shop will now stop at nothing to capture and study them.

The movie, which also featured Martin Sheen, George C. Scott, Art Carney, Louise Fletcher and Freddie Jones, received mixed reviews from critics and failed to set the box office on fire, though it broke even and eventually inspired a sequel in the form of a miniseries that was broadcast on the Sci-Fi Channel (as it was known at the time) in 2002.

In a 1986 interview, King was asked about movie adaptations of his books and stated: "Firestarter is one of the worst of the bunch, even though in terms of story it's very close to the original. But it's flavorless; it's like cafeteria mashed potatoes. There are things that happen in terms of special effects in that movie that make no sense to whatsoever. Why this kid's hair blows every time she starts fire is totally beyond my understanding."


Now a new big-screen version is on its way. Akiva Goldsman will direct and Jason Blum will produce, according to Deadline. The two recently teamed on Stephanie, a horror mystery that may be released in theaters later this year.

Goldsman also cowrote The Dark Tower, based on Stephen King's dark fantasy series. He is best known as a writer (Batman Forever, Batman & Robin, I, Robot and I Am Legend); his directing credits include A Winter's Tale. Scott Teems (TV's Rectify) will write a new screenplay for Firestarter.

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