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Blumhouse and Universal Set to Remake Stephen King’s ‘Firestarter’

Blumhouse and Universal Set to Remake Stephen King's 'Firestarter'

Oscar winning Akiva Goldsman of A Beautiful Mind, is tapped to direct a remake of Stephen King’s 1984 classic pyrokinetic flick Firestarter for Blumhouse and Universal. Word dropped directly from Jason Blum himself at the Overlook Film Festival in Mt. Hood, Oregon. The update will be penned by Scott Teems (Rectify), reports Deadline.

The original Firestarter follows:

Andrew and Vicky McGee met while earning money as guinea pigs for an experiment at college. The experiment was shrouded in suspicion and mystery, and seemed to be related to psychic abilities. The two were married and had a daughter Charile, who has the ability to start fires by merely thinking about it. Naturally, the government takes a great interest in Charlie, and operatives from the secret department known as “The Shop” want to quarrantine and study her.

The original 1984 film starred Drew Barrymore, who played a pyrokinetic young girl, directed by Mark L. Lester (Commando). The Firestarter remake will bring Blumhouse and Goldman together for their fifth collaborating project. Also, the adaptation  of King’s The Dark Tower is coming this August, which is penned by the duo.