Stephen King’s ‘Firestarter’ Getting New Film Reboot

The Stephen King novel Firestarter is getting another feature film adaptation; the first one premiered with Drew Barrymore back in 1984.

Studios are apparently taking note on just how popular Stephen King stories still seem to be. There’s a lot of excitement surrounding the upcoming release of The Dark Tower. This fall’s It movie looks to be an even bigger deal, as one of the biggest horror releases of the year. And that’s not even mentioning the other adaptations from King coming this year.

The good news for Stephen King fans continues to roll in, courtesy of The Tracking Board. It’s being reported that an upcoming film adaptation of Firestarter is in the works from Universal Pictures and Blumhouse. The reboot is being directed by Akiva Goldsman, who previously won an Oscar for writing A Beautiful Mind. Scott Teems is writing the screenplay.

Firestarter originally had a film adaptation in 1984 with a young Drew Barrymore in the lead role. The story centers on a little girl who develops powers of pyrokinesis, with a secret government agency looking to control her. Mark L. Lester directs the original movie using a script from Stanley Mann.

While the original film is pretty faithful to the source material, reviews were less than positive. Even King himself has called it “one of the worst” of all his movie adaptations. Personally, I think it’s an underrated classic, but I digress. No word yet on if King will serve on this film as a creative consultant, but this might be his chance to see the film made more in line with his original vision.

With the announcement just being made, we’re far away from getting more details or a release date. But we will obviously be keeping an eye on this one!