Blumhouse and The Vigil director Keith Thomas’ upcoming remake of Stephen King’s Firestarter will hopefully begin filming later this year.
And today, Thomas tells us that King has read the script and is very happy and excited for the new film.
He tells Zavvi: “[King] watched The Vigil, approved me as director, and he read the script from the early stages, and he’s very happy with it. He’s excited for it, he’s there the whole way.“
This comes on the heels of Thomas teasing the film earlier today.
He said: “When [producer] Jason [Blum] pitched it to me it was exciting, as that’s one of my favorite Stephen King novels, and whilst I really like the 1980s film, I felt we could do something new. The screenplay is by Scott Teems who wrote the upcoming Halloween Kills, it’s 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. We are hoping to film it this year, and it will be a lot of fun.”
Adapted by Scott Teems (Halloween Kills) the reboot centers on the Department of Scientific Intelligence (aka ‘The Shop’) who never anticipated that two participants in their research program would marry and have a child. Charlie McGee inherited pyrokinetic powers from her parents, who had been given a low-grade hallucinogen called ‘Lot Six’ while at college. Now the government is trying to capture young Charlie and harness her powerful firestarting skills as a weapon.