Do you remember back when Drew Barrymore was still a precocious kid who starred in such films as E.T.The Extra-Terrestrial and Babes in Toyland? Out of all her early movies one of our favorites was based on a Stephen King novel called Firestarter. It was adapted into a feature film in 1984 that was directed by Mark L. Lester. According to Variety, Universal plans on producing a remake that will possibly be the first of many installments in a Firestarter series.
As you can tell from the title, Firestarter centers on a young girl who can start fires at will. In the original, the character’s name was Charlene “Charlie” McGee, but we don’t know what they’ll call her for the remake. The trade reports that the producers plan to revamp the property and the character by giving her “a little more edge.”
“‘Firestarter’ has a great mythology and with Martha and Lorenzo’s vision we believe the franchise can be extended in a new and exciting direction,” said Debbie Liebling, Universal’s president of production.
We don’t know what to say about this. We could imagine them hunting down Elle Fanning or Chloe Moretz to star in this. Charlie is supposed to be a little girl, so if they make sequels will we have to follow her through her teen years too? Is this going to get all emo and angsty? Didn’t they already try that with the forgetful follow up “Firestarter: Rekindled?”
What do you think of Universal’s decision to revamp Firestarter?