If you're a fan of seeing the tales of Stephen King adapted for the screen, 2017's already a really good year for you. The long-awaited Dark Tower film is on the way, along with new adaptations of IT and The Mist, and the anthology series Castle Rock. Now we can add another project to the list: A new adaptation of Firestarter from Akiva Goldsman and producer Jason Blum of Blumhouse.
Goldsman and Blum announced the news Thursday night at the Overlook Film Festival, named for the haunted hotel in King's novel The Shining. Scott Teems (Rectify) will script the project, while Goldsman — best known for his screenwriter work on films like I Am Legend and the Oscar-winning A Beautiful Mind — will direct. Universal Pictures, which released the 1984 adaptation of King's novel, is also attached.
Firestarter is one of King's earliest novels, and one of his early attempts to merge science fiction and horror, much like The Stand. The title refers to a young girl named Charlie McGee (played by Drew Barrymore in the first film), who developed intense pyrokinetic powers as a result of her parents being involved with government experiments before her birth. The government agency that conducted those experiments, known as The Shop, seeks to harness Charlie and her powers, and sends an assassin to retrieve her. The novel is part chase thriller, part horror spectacle, and though it's not talked about as often as King's other novels of the period (it was published just after The Dead Zone and just before Cujo), it remains a compelling work.
Goldsman has quite a history with King at this point. He's been attached to The Dark Tower in some capacity since 2010, and now it seems he's taken a liking to one of King's other classics. As for Blumhouse, they've built up a lot of good faith with horror fans, and they're coming off a pair of massive hits with Split and Get Out, so devotees of the genre have to be getting excited about this project.
What do you think? Are you ready for a new version of Firestarter?