Universal Rekindles Firestarter Remake


The long-smoldering remake of "Firestarter" has been reignited by Universal Pictures and Blumhouse Productions, with veteran writer/producer Akiva Goldsman attached to direct.

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An adaptation of Stephen King's 1980 novel, the project has been in the works at the studio since at least 2010. According to Deadline, the screenplay will be written by Scott Teems ("Rectify").

The acclaimed sci-fi thriller, about a father and his young pyrokinetic daughter on the run from a government agency called the Shop, was originally adapted in 1984 by Universal Pictures for a film starring David Keith, Drew Barrymore, Martin Sheen and George C. Scott. The movie, which earned mixed reviews and and grossed just $17.1 million on an estimated $15 million production budget.

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Although King considers "Firestarter" as one of the worst films based on one of his books, it nevertheless inspired a sequel, the 2002 television miniseries "Firestarter: Rekindled."

Adaptations of King's work are as hot as ever, if not hotter, with "It" and "The Dark Tower" headed to the big screen later this year, and "The Mist," "Mr. Mercedes" and the anthology series "Castle Rack" making their way to television.

Goldsman, who won an Academy Award for the screenplay for "A Beautiful Mind," made his feature directorial debut in 2014 with "Winter's Tale."

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