Amidst the current Stephen King explosion, Blumhouse Productions is moving forward on their adaptation of Firestarter. King’s 1980 novel, about a young girl with pyrokinetic powers. It was previously turned into a 1984 movie starring Drew Barrymore. The story has also influenced numerous films and TV series, including Stranger Things.
Now, according to Variety, the remake has found a director. German filmmaker Fatih Akin (Head-On, In the Fade) will helm the movie, working with a script by Scott Teems (Sundance Channel’s Rectify). Akin takes over from Akiva Goldsman, who was previously announced as director. He will remain on the project as a producer, alongside Jason Blum.
Here’s everything we know about the new adaptation:
What is the plot of Firestarter?
Young Charlie McGee and her father go on the run from a government agency that wants to weaponize the child. She has pyrotechnic abilities, the result of experiments the agency conducted on her father and mother years earlier. Charlie’s parents also developed powers, but at the start of the story her mother is killed and she’s kidnapped.
Who is playing Charlie?
At this point, none of the roles have been cast yet.
Who is directing the movie?
Fatih Akin, best known for acclaimed foreign films, including Head-On and the Golden Globe-nominated In the Fade, will helm the adaptation.
Who is writing the script?
Scott Teems, who wrote and directed episodes of the TV series Rectify, handled the new adaptation of Stephen King’s novel.
When will Firestarter come out?
That is still to be determined, but Universal has put the project on the fast track, given the current King craze.