Stephen King's Firestarter Is Getting a Movie Remake

Image: Universal.
Image: Universal.

It’s a very good time to be a Stephen King fan. Besides It and The Dark Tower movies on the way and The Mist coming to TV, there’s now another King story getting retold on the big screen: a new adaptation of his 1980 novel, Firestarter.


A young Drew Barrymore starred in the 1984 film adaptation of the book, which focuses around a young girl with pyrokinetic abilities named Charlie, on the run from a sinister government agency intent on weaponizing her powers. The new version was announced at the Overlook Film Festival last night, and is in the works at Universal with mega-producer Akiva Goldsman tapped to direct, while Rectify’s Scott Teems will pen the script.

It seems like the next couple of years are going to be a full-on resurgence for King adaptations—and that’s not even counting when the man himself is working on mysterious new TV projects. Chances are more are on their way.



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Okay, but how about a remake of The Langoliers...

A less comedic version, perhaps.