What does rebooting Firestarter with a 'little more edge' mean?

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Dec 14, 2012, 4:31 PM EST

So you're a movie studio and you're looking to reboot Stephen King's Firestarter with a "little more edge." What exactly does that mean?

We're not really sure, but according to Variety, that's just what Universal Pictures wants to do. The studio has teamed with Dino De Laurentiis Co., which owns the rights to King's 1980 novel, to produce a new version of the story, one of the few King books that could be considered straight science fiction.

The original 1984 movie starred a young Drew Barrymore as Charlie McGee, a little girl who can start fires with her mind as the result of dangerous drug experiments performed on her parents by a secret government agency called The Shop. When Charlie and her dad go on the run, The Shop sends a psychopathic assassin named John Rainbird (George C. Scott) to capture them.

Although Syfy produced a 2002 sequel called Firestarter: Rekindled, the new project is not expected to have any connection to it.

Instead, Variety reports that the new film is "expected to be loosely based on the original King book, but with an effort to reinvent the main character with a little more edge."

That phrase, "a little more edge," sends up a big red flag. Could the studio be looking to make Charlie a little older? Perhaps make her a teenager? Give her a "hunky" love interest and it's not too unreasonable to imagine that the studio could be looking at the new Firestarter as a way to get a piece of all that Twilight box office out there.

Of course, that's just speculation on our part. Screenwriter Mark L. Smith (Vacancy) is at work on the script, and a director has yet to be hired. King himself will not be involved with the production, which Universal hopes to start shooting next year.

What do you think an "edgy" Firestarter would look like? Should they Twilight it up or keep it true to the source material?