Between IT, Castle Rock, and The Dark Tower, we seem to living during a renaissance of Stephen King adaptations. While King’s work has always been a huge subject of adaptation in film, it seems like technology has caught up enough to really bring these properties to life in an unprecedented way. Well, it looks like we’ll be getting yet another Stephen King adaptation — this time in the form of the remake Firestarter.
According to Deadline, Oscar-winning writer Akiva Goldsman is teaming up with Blumhouse — the studio behind this year’s hits Split and Get Out — to bring Firestarter to the big screen. Taking the helm is Goldsman himself. Goldsman is best known for his writing work, but in 2014, after some work in TV, he made the leap to feature directing with Winter’s Tale. Firestarter will be Goldsman’s third feature, and his fifth collaboration with Blumhouse (including his EP work on the Paranormal Activity series). This seems to imply that Stephanie, his upcoming film (which is set to premiere this year) turned out pretty well, otherwise Blumhouse may be less inclined to let him take the helm.
For those unfamiliar, Firestarter follows a girl with pyrokinetic abilities who gets kidnapped by a government agency that wants to weaponize her abilities (oh, government, that never works). Interestingly enough, Stephanie also features a young girl in the midst of a paranormal-type situation, so it looks like Goldsman may be something of an expert on the subject matter.
Also of note is the fact that Goldsman has his fingers in another Stephen King dish in the form of The Dark Tower.
Yes, Goldsman’s directorial debut was a big flop, taking in only $30 million on its $60 million budget, but given the restraints of the horror genre and a smaller budget, there’s a chance he may very well find his place in the horror genre.
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