Blumhouse and The Vigil director Keith Thomas’ upcoming remake of Stephen King’s Firestarter with Zac Efron will carry a heavier dramatic punch. And today, producer Akiva Goldsman says the new film will begin shooting in June.
Read his comments below.
Goldsman tells THR: “Firestarter is one of the last great, either unmade or un-remade, Stephen King novels that have become classics. There are things I will never forget from the original movie. But it diverged from the book significantly. So Scott Teems … wrote this terrific script which is much closer to the novel in both incident and tone. We start shooting, I want to say, in 12 weeks. Firestarter was always some of Stephen’s most intimate and affective horror, and I think pyrokinesis is a really fascinating idea when it comes to the expression of hidden feelings.”
Sounds good. But who’s replacing young Drew Barrymore?
Adapted by Scott Teems (Halloween Kills) the Firestarter reboot centers on the Department of Scientific Intelligence (The Shop). They never anticipated that two participants in their research program would marry and have a child. Charlie McGee inherited pyrokinetic powers from her parents. Now the government is trying to capture young Charlie and harness her powerful skills as a weapon.
Thomas teases the new flick will sport people’s heads catching fire and their faces melting off. Specifically, he says: “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.”
Are you up for this Firestarter reboot?