Director: Keith Thomas
Writers: Scott Teems, Stephen King
Stars: Zac Efron, Kurtwood Smith, Gloria Reuben
A remake of Stephen King’s “Firestarter 2022” starring Zac Efron has unveiled its official trailer and announced a date-and-day release on Peacock and in theaters on May 13.
Stephen King is known as “The King of Horror,” and while this story has some horrific elements, he also likes to dabble in the “what ifs” of the world. He has written several stories involving a person (usually a child) who discovers that he has a natural ability that sets him apart from the rest of the world. Many people focus on the horror aspect of The Shining, but often forget that the term “shining” is used in reference to Danny Torrence’s abilities. His 2019 book The Institute centers on a group of children who have been kidnapped by a secret agency due to their supernatural abilities. The Green Mile (1999) was about a man who had the ability to eliminate illness and injury from others. King is no stranger to this subgenre, whether he gives you nightmares or not.
The film, based on King’s 1980 novel and the original 1984 film, follows Charlie (Ryan Kiera Armstrong), a young woman who develops pyrokinetic superpowers and is captured by a government agency who wishes to use her gift as a weapon. Sydney Lemmon will play Charlie’s mother, while Efron will play her father. Michael Greyeyes, Gloria Reuben, Kurtwood Smith and John Beasley also star.
The explosive trailer shows Armstrong’s Charlie taking on the bad guys with fire as her parents try to protect her from it. “She just has to push it down and keep it hidden,” Efron says in the trailer. “Our responsibility is to protect her from it. If they catch her, they’ll put her in a cage. She will be tested on her for the rest of her life. We will never see her again.
On February 9, 2022, the official trailer for Firestarter was released, thrilling horror fans around the world. Running at 110 minutes, this film is a remake of the 1984 movie review of the same name, adapted from Stephen King’s 1980 novel. Directed by Keith Thomas and produced by Jason Blum’s Blumhouse Productions, the film will be distributed by UniversalPictures. The score is composed by none other than John Carpenter and his son, Cody Carpenter. According to Jason Blum, Stephen King has read Scott Teems’ full script and given his approval.
The original 1984 film featured 8-year-old Drew Barrymore as Charlie McGee, the daughter of Andrew McGee. Before Charlie was born, her parents Andrew and Vicky (Heather Locklear) sign up for an experimental drug trial, which leads them to acquire weak forms of telepathy and telekinesis. Years later, when her daughter Charlie begins to develop pyrokinesis, they are hunted by a government agency known as “The Shop”.
Although she is very young, her power is much stronger than that of either of her parents. As they fight for her lives to protect her, it turns out she’s much better at protecting them…once she learns to control her power, she feeds off of her emotions. Sounds like a pretty easy task for a girl to do, right?