Blumhouse Pictures announced today that they have officially started production on the new film adaptation of Stephen King’s Firestarter. The news was released via Twitter with a shot of a pyro stunt captioned “Walking into the first day of production like….”
This film is also sharing credits with Universal Pictures and Weed Road Productions. Cameras started rolling in Ontario, Canada under the direction of Keith Thomas who made the popular 2020 supernatural film The Vigil.
The new Firestarter script was adapted by Scott Teems who also helped with writing duties on this year’s highly-anticipated Halloween Kills due in October.
Starring Zac Efron and Michael Greyeyes, Firestarter follows an 8-year-old girl named Charlie who has the ability to set things aflame at will. Her father (Efron), desperate to keep her from the clutches of a government weapons development agency, takes Charlie on the run to ensure her safety.
As for who is playing Charlie in this film, it’s still a mystery, although some have speculated that it could be Violet McGraw who has starred in Doctor Sleep and The Haunting of Hill House.
The first film adaptation of this King story was released back in 1984 with Drew Barrymore and Brian Keith in the lead roles. That movie was pretty well received and became a modest box office hit. Martha De Laurentiis, who worked on the original as an associate producer, is back but this time with an executive producer credit.
Stephen King has been a popular source for movie material lately. In the last few years, several of his works have been made or re-made into movies. Upcoming adaptations include: Salem’s Lot, The Tommyknockers, and The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon.
Take a look at Blumhouse’s Firestarter production tweet below with footage from the set and let us know what you think. There is no word on when the film is expected to be released.
Logline: A young girl develops pyrokinetic abilities and is abducted by a secret government agency that wants to harness her powerful gift as a weapon.
— Blumhouse (@blumhouse) May 25, 2021