Stephen King’s ‘Firestarter’ to be remade by Universal

1984 film to be turned into new franchise

Universal Pictures are planning to make a new version of 1984 horror film Firestarter.

Variety magazine reports that the studio is pairing up with Dino De Laurentiis Co in order to turn the film, based on the Stephen King book of the same name, into a new “franchise property”.

Dino De Laurentils Co chairman Martha De Laurentils said: “We see this as a unique, character-driven thriller with a supernatural edge, based on a timeless concept and enhanced by recent visual effects advances.”

King‘s 1980 novel was first adapted into a Drew Barrymore-starring film in 1984. The then-child actress played Charlie McGee, who a government agency were on the hunt for thanks to her pyrokinetic powers.

Vacancy writer Mark L Smith is is writing the new script. No announcement has been made regarding directors.

Smith‘s reboot is apparently going to update the McGee character, affording her “more edge”.