You had me at Zac Efron.
There is about to be a reboot of the classic Stephen King thriller, The Firestarter. You might remember the Drew Barrymore flick from the 1980s, about a young girl who develops pyrokinetic abilities.
Of course, there is more to the story than that. The government tries to abduct her, to harness her special abilities. Things happen, fires start, faces are melted. You know, all in a day’s work for a Stephen King adaptation.
This new film, however, isn’t going to be a rehashing of the original film. Instead, it is going to be a new take on the Stephen King story. A new Firestarter for a new generation.
And who was just announced as having signed onto the cast of the movie? Zac Efron!! He is reportedly going to play the father, Andy McGee, of the main character, Charlie McGee — who is the firestarter, herself.
(When did I get so old? Wasn’t Zac Efron JUST making movies about being in high school?!?)
This film is going to be partly produced as a Blumhouse production, which we know has been a crucial player in the horror scene as of late. Just RECENTLY, Blumhouse announced it had remade the cult classic, The Craft, which is set to come out just in time for Halloween.
(This movie is) a new adaptation of the book (“The Firestarter”). When [producer] Jason [Blum] pitched it to me it was exciting, as that’s one of my favorite Stephen King novels, and whilst I really like the 1980s film, I felt we could do something new. The screenplay is by Scott Teems who wrote the upcoming Halloween Kills, it’s an amazing script. It has everything you would want; people’s heads catching fire and their faces melting off, and a dad and daughter on the run trying to survive being chased in this heightened tense experience. We are hoping to film it this year, and it will be a lot of fun.Keith Thomas, who will act as Director for The Firestarter
We also know that Stephen King, himself, has approved the director and the script, and the project is full-steam-ahead! This is a huge deal, because Stephen King is usually pretty hands off when it comes to adaptations of his works.
We don’t have much more information on the new Firestarter other than that. But really, do we need to know much more information beyond Zac Efron. Ha!
I joke. I can feel the hate comments coming now. I KNOW there are more important things other than Zac Efron. But, it doesn’t hurt things to know that he has signed onto the project! *Smile*
See the trailer for the ORIGINAL Firestarter below.