• Mitchell Brown

FIRESTARTER Releases Theatrically This Week and the Score Got the John Carpenter Treatment

John Carpenter scores the new adaptation of Firestarter with the new soundtrack releasing digitally this week alongside the film’s premiere.

Ryan Kiera Armstrong as Charlie in new Keith Thomas adadptation of Stephen King's FIRESTARTER (2022).

The official trailer for the new adaptation of Stephen King’s FIRESTARTER starring Zac Efron and Ryan Kiera Armstrong and directed by Keith Thomas was revealed in February. The film’s score is composed by legendary filmmaker John Carpenter. He created the new film’s sound with his son Cody Carpenter and Daniel Davies. The trio previously collaborated on Halloween (2018) and Halloween Kills (2021).

With the release of FIRESTARTER inching closer every day, official release dates for the soundtrack have been announced. Black Lot Music will release the soundtrack digitally on the same day the film premieres in theaters and Peacock this week on May 13, 2022. The physical media connoisseurs can grab the soundtrack on October 14 on vinyl, cassette, and CD by indie label Sacred Bones Records. A preview of the end title track has been released on YouTube and Spotify.

The original announcement that Carpenter would be working on the score for the film came as a surprise. Outside of the Blumhouse Halloween films, he hasn’t composed music for a feature-length film he didn’t direct since the often overlooked and underappreciated Halloween III: Season of the Witch (1982). In an interview with Pop Matters, he said, “There’s a score we’re working on for a non-Halloween movie–but I can’t tell you the name of it. I’m looking around for projects and ideas.”

If the preview track is symbolic of the score, it should fit right in line with the leitmotif of Carpenter’s compilation of film scores. The sound is very hypnotic, a theme in his more well-known scores, a prime example being the Halloween (1978) theme. If you’re clamoring for more original music by Carpenter, his band released Lost Themes in 2015, followed by two subsequent albums with Sacred Bones Records.