In a post on Twitter, Blumhouse revealed the first trailer and announced the release date for a new adaptation of Stephen King's Firestarter.
On February 9, in a post on Twitter, Los Angeles based and well-known horror production company, Blumhouse and Universal Pictures announced the theatrical release date and on-demand premiere of Firestarter, a new adaptation of the 1980 Stephen King novel by the same name. Along with the announcement came the reveal of an official trailer for the film and promotional artwork. There is no additional information about the new film project available on the Blumhouse website. The film is directed by Keith Thomas (The Vigil) with a screenplay by Scott Teems (Halloween Kills).
In an interview with SyFy Wire a year ago, Thomas said this about the new adaptation of Firestarter, "Our approach is really to dig deep into the text and pull more of that out. The hope is that it will be a really emotional, visceral thrill ride. At the same time, you’re going to get this rich exploration of family dynamics in a threatened world. It’s very raw, very emotional, very tense."
Like the novel and feature film that came before it, Firestarter (1984), starring Drew Barrymore, this reimagining focuses on a girl with extraordinary pyrokinetic powers fighting to protect her family and herself from sinister forces that seek to capture and control her. Let's not forgot that the Syfy Channel also released a miniseries follow-up inspired by the original film—Firestarter: Rekindled served as a direct sequel 20-years ago. You might notice similarities between lead protagonist Charlie McGree in Firestarter and Stranger Things, Eleven. That's because The Duffer Brothers drew direct inspiration from Firestarter along with other Stephen King novels, like Carrie first published in 1974. Many writers and filmmakers have been inspired by the idea of psychic powers and the impact they might have. Other film uses of the trope include Friday the 13th Part VII (1988), The Shining (1980), Doctor Sleep (2019), Phenomena (1985) and The Initiation of Sarah (1978) to name a few.
"I don't wanna hurt anyone, but it feels kinda good."
This new adaptation stars Zac Efron (Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile) as father Andy, Sydney Lemmon (Fear the Walking Dead) as mother Vicky and Ryan Kiera Armstrong (American Horror Story: Double Feature - Red Tide) as Charlie McGree, the girl with all the pyrokinetic gifts. The film's score is composed by legendary horror filmmaker and musician John Carpenter (Halloween, The Fog) and his fellow Halloween franchise composers Cody Carpenter, his son and fellow musician and Daniel Davies. Armstrong is definitely a young talent to watch in horror cinema and beyond. Her performance as the spoiled and obsessive perfectionist Alma Gardner in Red Tide was truly disturbing.
Firestarter will release theatrically and premiere on-demand for Peacock subscribers on May 13, 2022.