Firestarter Remake

By RodneyHatfieldJr for Movies

Get ready Stephen King fans. A contemporary adaptation of King's 1980 novel Firestarter is officially on the way from filmmaker Keith Thomas, with a screenplay that has gained the approval of King. One of King's most tense works; Firestarter was previously adapted into the 1984 classic film of the identical name, which starred a very young Drew Barrymore as Charlie McGee, a sweet, precocious seven-year-old who just so happens to be pyrokinetic.


When first announced back in 2017, we have had very little news popping up sporadically over the last few years. Now we have been informed shooting will start sometime early 2021. What we know right now is that the screenplay is by Scott Teems, who wrote the upcoming Halloween Kills. Keith Thomas is directing. Jason Blum and Akiva Goldsman will produce, and Martha De Laurentiis, who was an associate producer on the 1984 adaptation of Firestarter, will executive produce. Zac Efron has officially signed on to star. And this is my own opinion, it would be a crime if they do not have Drew Barrymore cast as Vicky, the mother of Charlie. It would be a key bridge from the original to the remake.


If you don’t know the story, here is the condensed version. Andy and Charlie McGee are on the run. Through flashbacks, we learn Andy and Victoria "Vicky" Tomlinson, as college students, agreed to take part in a study involving an experimental drug known as Lot 6. While some participants suffered horrific side effects, Andy and Vicky only experienced a mild, pleasant trip. Afterward, she could read minds, and he could control them with the mere power of suggestion, an ability he came to call The Push. The pair had later wed and have Charlie, and for years, the family suspected that they were being watched by the shadowy government agency called The Shop. They are responsible for the experiments. Regrettably, they were right, and after agents kill Vicky and kidnap Charlie in the hopes of harnessing her power, Andy is forced to take action. Incapacitating the agents and reclaiming Charlie, he takes the young girl on the run. Despite their best efforts, they are both eventually recaptured and detained in a Shop facility. Here, the nefarious agency hopes to nullify Andy's powers while using him as a bargaining chip to incentivize Charlie to increase her own. 


There is a Syfy channel mini-series in 2002 that is a sequel to the original 1984 movie.  It was not received very well. Mostly due to the fact that they took a lot of liberties from the movie, and created huge plot holes that were too big to ignore.  What is really telling in human conditioning, in 1980, this was considered horror. 2020, it sounds like the newest superhero movie. Oh well, things change. In the upcoming days, we will most likely hear more about the remake. 

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