The Stephen King brand has been red hot ever since Andy Muschietti’s IT became a massive blockbuster when it launched into theaters a couple years ago, and it’s been incredibly exciting to watch the development of various adaptations get the green light and go on the fast track. The latest to apparently make this move is the upcoming remake of Firestarter that Blumhouse has had in the works for a few years now, as the film has found one of its main stars: Zac Efron.
Per a press release from Universal Pictures, Zac Efron has signed on to star in Firestarter, and while his specific role in the movie isn’t mentioned, he will presumably be playing Andrew McGee, a young father who is forced to go on the run with his gifted daughter when they are hunted by a government agency known as “The Shop.” The new adaptation is being directed by Keith Thomas, and the screenplay is being written by Halloween Kills co-writer Scott Teems.
In Stephen King’s novel, the story begins when college Andrew McGee meets his future wife, Vicky, when they are college students who are enrolled in an experiment involving a chemical called LOT-6. While most of those involved with the trial experience horrific side effects, both Andrew and Vicky develop psychic abilities: the latter can read people’s minds, and the former has the ability to bend people to his will (what he calls “a push). Years after the experiment they have a daughter named Charlie who turns out to have a power of her own, as she can telepathically make objects she focuses on so hot that they catch on fire (a.k.a. pyrokinesis). Andrew and Vicky do their best to hide Charlie’s gifts, but there’s only so long they can keep her a secret.
More to come…