FIRESTARTER is the Latest Stephen King Story to be Adapted
Man, it's a good time to be a Stephen King fan. With the success of Andy Muschietti's IT: CHAPTER ONE, a new era of King adaptations was sparked.
Coming soon(ish) to theaters is the now-filming IT: CHAPTER TWO, as well as adaptations of PET SEMATARY (which just began filming), DOCTOR SLEEP (from GERALD'S GAME director Mike Flanagan, which just added Ewan McGregor and Rebecca Ferguson to its cast), THE TOMMYKNOCKERS and THE BOOGEYMAN (from the writers of A QUIET PLACE). And that's not to mention Hulu's CASTLE ROCK series, which we'll finally get to see in just a few weeks.
Adding to that growing list is a new adaptation of King's 1980 book Firestarter , coming to us from Blumhouse and German director Fatih Akin.
For those not in the know, here's the book's synopsis:
" Andy McGee and Vicky Tomlinson were once college students looking to make some extra cash, volunteering as test subjects for an experiment orchestrated by the clandestine government organization known as The Shop. But the outcome unlocked exceptional latent psychic talents for the two of them—manifesting in even more terrifying ways when they fell in love and had a child. Their daughter, Charlie, has been gifted with the most extraordinary and uncontrollable power ever seen—pyrokinesis, the ability to create fire with her mind. Now the merciless agents of The Shop are in hot pursuit to apprehend this unexpected genetic anomaly for their own diabolical ends by any means necessary...including violent actions that may well ignite the entire world around them as Charlie retaliates with a fury of her own....
The book was previously adapted into a film in 1984, starring Drew Barrymore, Heather Locklear and Martin Sheen.
Jason Blum has one of the best track records in the business and I'm always game for more quality King adaptations. Unfortunately, it's also being produced by Akiva Goldsman, who helped create the disaster that was THE DARK TOWER. Here's hoping for the best!