Stephen King to receive the well of content is not at risk of drying out. Actor Zac Efron will star in the 1984 remake of Firestarter based on the King novel of the same name.
The story of a young woman named Charlie, played by 9-year-old Drew Barrymore in the original film that develops telepathic and pyrokinetic abilities, is further bent towards the sci-fi end of the spectrum in the work of the Firestarter Kings. It deals with shady government agencies, human experiments – and turmoil and terror.
It is unclear exactly who signed on to play Efron, but Charlie’s father Andy McGee’s lead role is well estimated. In this novel, Andy has his own abilities from the time he spent as a guinea pig in secret government experiments and can mentally force the people around him to bend to his will.
Re-announced in early 2017, the Firestarter remake was co-produced by Horror Juggernauts Blumhouse and Universal Pictures, Jason Blum, and produced by Aqua Goldsman as Associate Producer of the 1984 edition by Martha de LaGuertius. It does not currently have a release date.
King’s massive novel Stand CBS is currently next in line for a remake treatment with a new mini-series adaptation to touch all access on December 17th.