Zac Efron has signed on to star in a new adaptation of Firestarter. Efron will play Andy McKee, the pyrokinetic girl’s father. Firestarter is based on the novel by Stephen King, and this is the novel’s 40th anniversary.
Firestarter was first adapted in 1984 and starred Drew Barrymore as Charlie McKee, the firestarter. Charlie was born with her pyrokinetic powers. Her parents participated in special experiments for a secret government agency. When the agency finds out about Charlie, they want her back to harness her power. Charlie and her father are on the run for most of the film, but eventually get caught. That’s when Charlie has to unleash her full power to save herself. The film also starred David Keith and Heather Locklear as Charlie’s parents., and featured Martin Sheen and George C. Scott.
It will be interesting if the studio decides to update the story with today’s technological advances. And the special effects will be much better than the ’80s green screen technology.
Keith Thomas will direct Firestarter from a script by Blumhouse favorite Scott Teems, who executive produced the 1984 film as well, according to Collider. Jason Blum is producing for Blumhouse alongside Oscar winner Akiva Goldsman for Weed Road. Martha De Laurentiis will executive produce with Teems.
Efron is also set to star in another remake, Three Men and a Baby. It’s not the first remake of that film. The original is actually a French film.
No word yet on when the Firestarter remake will premiere.
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