Friday, April 28, 2017

'Firestarter' is the Latest Stephen King Movie Getting a Remake

Add "Firestarter" to the growing list of remakes of Stephen King movies: New versions of "It" and a TV series of "The Mist" are already headed our way.

The 1984 version of "Firestarter" starred Drew Barrymore as a young girl with pyrokinetic abilities who's abducted by the government because -- of course -- they want to use her as a weapon. It was the third film for Barrymore, who was nine when the movie opened. It got terrible reviews (it's got a 39% rating on Rotten Tomatoes) so a remake could actually be better.

THR reports that Akiva Goldsman ("Winter's Tale") will direct for horror studio Blumhouse. Jason Blum announced the news at the Overlook Film Festival at Timberline Lodge in Mt. Hood, OR, where Goldsman's latest film, "Stephanie," premiered. It stars Anna Torv ("Fringe") and Frank Grillo as parents who take in an an orphaned girl with unworldly powers.

Goldsman's directorial resumé is slim, but he's also produced big movies including "Paranormal Activity" films, "I Am Legend," and "Mr. and Mrs. Smith." He also wrote the scripts for the most recent "The Ring" sequel "Rings," and "I, Robot."

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