Featuring a young Drew Barrymore and directed by the freaking director of Commando, Mark L. Lester, Firestarter is one of those underrated Stephen King adaptations that never gained a huge following, for whatever reason. But that isn't stopping Blumhouse from cooking up a new remake...
...According to Collider, Keith Thomas (The Vigil) has been tapped to direct a remake of Firestarter for Universal, Blumhouse, and Weed Road Banner, with Scott Teams (Halloween Kills) adapting the book.
While I do think Firestarter is a good film with one fiery performance from Barrymore, it's not surprising its taken this long for a remake to be this close to actually getting made. Lester's film was a disastrous box office failure, only making around 17 million on an estimated 15 million budget. Still, we're in a King renaissance right now, and so it only makes sense that Firestarter be remade as well. It's a great story, and it deserves another chance.
A young girl (Barrymore) with pyrokinetic abilities is abducted by a secret government agency that wants to harness her powerful gift as a weapon."
Jason Blum and Akiva Goldsman will produce, with Martha De Laurentiis executive producing.
By Matt Konopka