In December 2019, Universal Pictures and Blumhouse Productions’ long-planned adaptation of Stephen King’s Firestarter found its director in Keith Thomas (The Vigil), and now, the director has teased the upcoming reboot.
In an interview with Zavvi, Thomas teased what audiences can expect from the Firestarter reboot and confirmed that the screenplay was written by Halloween Kills co-writer Scott Teems.
“It’s a new adaptation of the book,” Thomas said. “When [producer] Jason [Blum] pitched it to me it was exciting, as that’s one of my favourite 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.”
Based on the 1980 sci-fi-horror novel, Firestarter follows a father and daughter who are on the run from a secret government agency looking to weaponise the young girl’s pyrokinetic abilities. The book was previously adapted for the big screen in 1984, with Mark L. Lester (Commando) directing David Keith and Drew Barrymore as the two leads.
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