Universal Developing FIRESTARTER Remake

Written by Andrew Pollard Saturday, 29 April 2017

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Remake, reboot, redo, rejig, reimagining, reimaging. Whatever you want to call it, a new take on Stephen King’s Firestarter is in the works over at Universal Pictures.

The news was revealed at the Overlook Film Festival in Denver, Colorado. As per Bloody Disgusting, the announcement was made following the world premiere of Blumhouse’s Stephanie. Once the picture had concluded, Jason Blum and director Akiva Goldsman took to the stage to announce that they’re teaming up once more to tackle a remake of Firestarter for Universal. It was also revealed that Goldsman will be working on the screenplay with Rectify’s Scott Teems.

King’s novel tells the story of a couple who take part in a medical experiment which leaves them with telekinetic abilities. When the pair later have a child, the young girl has pyrokinetic powers – and boy, is she not afraid to use them!

Previously, Firestarter was adapted for a 1984 movie directed by Mark L. Lester and starring a young Drew Barrymore. Following that, the Sci-Fi Channel gave viewers the 2002 miniseries Rekindled, which served as a continuation of sorts.

As ever, expect more on this as we get it.

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