Firestarter, the Stephen King novel-turned-film, is already cemented in popular culture historical past with the long-lasting 1984 poster picture of kid star Drew Barrymore, who’s seen ominously impassive in entrance of a blaze brought on by her unbridled pyrokinetic powers; a picture that was a transparent inspiration for Stranger Things’ Eleven. Nonetheless, the present crop of King-adapting movies and tv will see a Firestarter remake, which now has a headliner in Zac Efron.
Studios Common, Blumhouse and Weed Highway are transferring ahead with efforts for a Firestarter remake film, and have introduced its first forged member in Zac Efron, who will function considered one of its headlining stars, though his character was not disclosed. He will likely be in entrance of the digicam for appointed director Keith Thomas (The Vigil), who works off a script by Scott Teems (Halloween Kills), joined by producers Jason Blum and Akiva Goldsman (who was the originally-tapped director). The venture, in fact, will remake director Mark L. Lester’s 1984 movie, for which Stanley Mann wrote the script adapting King’s 1980 novel.
Whereas the announcement was mum on particulars relating to Efron’s character, it is perhaps deduced—ought to the remake observe the character attributes of the standard Firestarter story—that Efron, who’s fielding a headlining position, is probably going right here to play Andy McGee, the daddy of eponymous younger Firestarter Charlie. In a vital, plot-setting incidence, he and future spouse Vicky as soon as participated in an experiment that granted them telepathic powers and, years later, resulted in daughter Charlie’s destructively fiery powers. Certainly, the position of Andy was a distinguished one within the 1984 movie, as performed by David Keith, and appears age-appropriate for Efron, who turns 33 this October.
Efron, the previous teen star of the Excessive College Musical movie franchise, has been on a little bit of a break from onscreen roles, final seen in 2019 Matthew McConaughey film The Seashore Bum and a transformative efficiency as serial Killer Ted Bundy that very same 12 months in Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile; a task that got here after two-year onscreen break after co-starring in 2017 musical film The Greatest Showman with Hugh Jackman and Zendaya. The actor’s present onscreen docket consists of administrators Glenn Ficarra & John Requa’s dramedy film, King of the Jungle, and one other 1980s remake venture, Three Males and a Child, for which he’s the at present the only member of the titular trio.