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Stephen King Sent Love to Firestarter Remake Cast

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BY May 2, 2021

The master of horror is burning up…with love that is! Stephen King sent love to the Firestarter remake cast, which includes Zac Efron and Michael Greyeyes. King referenced Elvis’s “Burning Love” in a tweet, saying that he was sending the cast and crew “a hunka hunka burning love.” The movie is going to start filming in Hamilton, Ontario next month, although there are still a large number of roles to be filled.

It’s no surprise that yet another King story is getting the Hollywood treatment (or second round of treatment in this case). His works have been used by filmmakers for decades and thanks to King’s prolific writing and compelling characters, there’s no shortage of stories to choose from. From last years The Stand series to Steven Spielberg and the Duffer Brothers adaptation of The Talisman for Netflix, there’s sure to be continued interest in series and movies based off of his books.

But Why Remake Stephen King’s Firestarter?

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This new Firestarter is actually a remake of the 1984 movie. The film was directed by Mark L. Lester and starred David Keith, a baby-faced Drew Barrymore, George C. Scott, and Heather Locklear. The movie ended up being largely panned by critics (King himself said it was “one of the worst of the bunch” of the adaptations of his work he had seen), but it’s also one of the few King films that have stayed faithful to the book, which is what drew director Keith Thomas to the project in the first place.

Thomas said that having the 1984 movie be an almost straight adaptation of the book would allow his movie to do some things it otherwise may have not been able to pull off, and he could focus on elements of the story that weren’t fully fleshed out previously.

“It certainly sets it up, as I’m excited about doing a different, a new adaptation of the book, and getting into some things that the original film didn’t – some things that I think are kind of core to what the book is. And at the same time it’s both true to the story and true to the heart of the book, but at the same time we’re living in a different era than the early ’80s, and I think there’s a lot of stuff to explore in it that that King obviously is hinting at throughout the book that I don’t see as much in the original film that I think we can really dive into.”

Both movies are based on King’s book of the same name. First published in 1980, Firestarter is the story of Andy and Charlie McGee, a father and daughter who are forced to go on the run from a government agency known as The Shop. Both of them have psychic gifts: Andy can convince people to do what he wants by changing their perception and Charlie has pyrokinesis (hence the title of the book). Both fearing the potential of their powers, and also wanting to harness them, The Shop makes the decision to use a gun-for-hire named John Rainbird who ends up having his own dark agenda.

We have yet to see if this remake will fare as well as 2017’s It or crash and burn as 2013’s Carrie did. What did you think when you read that Stephen King sent love to the Firestarter crew? Let us know in the comments below!

Featured image via Simon & Schuster

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Keilin Huang is a freelance writer that likes the Oxford comma, reading from her neverending pile of books from the library, and Reeses peanut butter cups. She thanks her Dad for introducing her to his Superman comics and probably majored in Journalism because of Lois Lane.

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