1980's Firestarter is one of Stephen King's earliest novels that acts as a solid blueprint for some of the storyteller's recurring elements: Supernatural children, shadowy government organizations, and the usual gruesomeness that comes out of all the action.
The book tells the tale of Charlie McGee, a young girl who's parents unwittingly become test subjects for an agency known only as the Shop. The experimentation leads to Charlie developing a powerful and destructive form of pyrokinesis, which puts everyone in danger and forces them on the run.
In 1984, the book was turned into a film directed by Mark L. Lester and starring a young Drew Barrymore as Charlie, along with David Keith, Martin Sheen, George C. Scott, Freddie Jones, Heather Locklear, Art Carney, Louise Fletcher, and Moses Gunn. While it certainly has its fans, Stephen King himself infamously hated it. A television miniseries starring Marguerite Moreau and Malcolm McDowell was released in 2002, but nothing more has been done with the story since.
Until now, that is. A reboot is on its way from Universal Pictures and Blumhouse, who plan to premiere the film both in theaters and on Peacock this May. Ryan Kierra Armstrong will star as Charlie, alongside Zac Afron as her father Andy and Sydney Lemmon as her mother Vicky. The film also stars Michael Greyeyes, Kurtwood Smith, John Beasley, and Gloria Reuben. The film is directed by Keith Thomas, who has made a considerable presence for himself with his recent horror debut The Vigil.
Interestingly enough, none other than John Carpenter, his son Cody Carpenter, and frequent collaborator Daniel Davis will be doing the score. Carpenter was initially the one set to direct the 1984 adaptation, but was fired from the project after the studio was disappointed by the box office performance of The Thing. Hilarious. Redemption is at hand! Check out the trailer below.
'Firestarter' will be released in theaters and stream exclusively on Peacock May 13th, 2022.