What does Hollywood do when it’s adapted nearly every major Stephen King story – outside of his more recent work, which will no doubt get adapted too eventually – under the sun? The answer seems to be simple: adapt the ones they already adapted again
Andy Muschetti’s hotly anticipated theatrical re-adaptation of IT is headed to theaters this year, with film re-dos of Pet Sematary and The Stand in the pipeline, and a TV version of The Mist soon to debut on Spike.
The latest King classic to get the remake treatment is Firestarter, King’s 1980 tale of Charlene “Charlie” McGee, a young girl born with potentially deadly pyrokinetic abilities.
Charlie has these powers due to experiments run on her parents by a sinister government agency known as The Shop, who she and her dad Andy find themselves constantly on the run from in the present.
Firestarter was first adapted in 1984 by director Mark L. Lester, starring Drew Barrymore as Charlie and David Keith as Andy. George C. Scott also played a prominent role as creepy villain John Rainbird. While not a huge financial success, Firestarter has gone on to earn a cult audience in the decades since its release.
Now, Deadline reports that Blumhouse Productions and Universal Pictures are set to team up on a new Firestarter film adaptation, this one directed by Oscar-winning screenwriter Akiva Goldsman, who recently penned the script for the upcoming Dark Tower movie.
The Firestarter remake is still in the early stages, so details beyond the above are scarce. The 1984 film stuck very closely to King’s novel, so it’ll be interesting to see if Goldsman and Blumhouse opt to liven things up by going in a different creative direction.
The last thing the world needs is another 2013 Carrie, which duplicated De Palma’s iconic 1976 classic almost shot for shot, and as a result, felt largely pointless.