Firestarter: Release Date, Trailer, Cast, and Plot

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Firestarter is a Stephen King classic, it is the story of a girl with the ability to set fires using her mental powers, was one of the inspirations behind Eleven in Stranger Things and one of Drew Barrymore’s first films after having appeared as Elliot’s little sister in E.T The Extraterrestrial, but King himself hated the film adaptation and it didn’t have the box office success that was expected.

Now the story is going to return with a new version that already has the actor Zac Efron (one of our favorite style icons) as one of its protagonists.

Stephen King is one of the most productive authors that have ever existed, and he is also one of the most adapted to film and television (there are few books by the author that do not have a film, series, or miniseries), but not all adaptations meet the expectations of the master of terror.

It is well known that Stephen King did not agree with all the changes that Stanley Kubrick made when he brought The Shining to the cinema (the ending, the character of Wendy, and the process that Jack goes through to go crazy are different) and, although the first version of Firestarter has a small cult following, King said in a 1986 interview that the film is “tasteless” (he compared it to a “mashed potatoes in the cafeteria”)

One special effect he didn’t like was how Charlie McGee’s (Drew Barrymore) hair always flew with an inexplicable wind every time he used his pyrokinetic powers. King says he asked producer Dino De Laurentiis for an explanation of that detail but never received one. Although Drew Barrymore’s work left him satisfied, he even called her for 1985’s Cat’s Eye.

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King said the cast was full of talent, with the exception of David Keith, who played Charlie’s father, whom he accused of having “stupid eyes.” In addition, King had a problem with Martin Sheen’s performance as boss the boss of The Shop and said he didn’t believe Mark L. Lester properly directed his performance.

The new Firestarter: the trailer

The trailer shows a slightly different story, where Charlie is not an innocent girl who does not know how to control her powers, but gradually becomes bad and even goes so far as to say that hurting others feels good.

Release Date

Apparently, the film will be released in theaters and on the streaming platform Peacock, on May 13.


The synopsis reads that: For more than a decade, parents Andy (Zac Efron; Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile; The Greatest Showman) and Vicky (Sydney Lemmon; Fear the Walking Dead, Succession) have been on the run, desperate to hide their daughter Charlie (Ryan Kiera Armstrong; American Horror Story: Double Feature, The Tomorrow War) from a dark federal agency that wants to harness its unprecedented gift to create fire in a weapon of mass destruction.

Andy has taught Charlie how to deactivate his power, which is triggered by anger or pain. But when Charlie turns 11, the fire becomes increasingly difficult to control. After an incident reveals the family’s location, a mysterious agent (Michael Greyeyes; Wild Indian, Rutherford Falls) to hunt the family and capture Charlie once and for all. Charlie has other plans.


Zac Efron, Sydney Lemmon, and Ryan Kiera Armstrong are the protagonists.

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The film also stars Kurtwood Smith (Amityville: The Awakening, Hitchcock), John Beasley (The Purge: Anarchy, The Sum of All Fears) and Gloria Reuben (Lincoln, Mr. Robot). The Firestarter score is composed by the legendary John Carpenter (Halloween, Christine, The Fog) and his fellow Halloween franchise songwriters, Cody Carpenter and Daniel Davies.

The good news for Stephen King and his fans is that Firestarter is one of several adaptations already being prepared for his novels and, according to a statement from Universal Pictures, Zac Efron has already signed a contract to appear in the Eyes of Fire remake.© GQ Mexico and Latin America Zac Efron’s beard

Efron plays Andrew McGee, a young father who has to flee to protect his little girl from an organization known as The Shop, who wants to study the girl and use her powers as a weapon (something like what happened to Eleven in Hawkins’ lab).

In Stephen King’s novel, Andrew and his girlfriend Vicky is part of a mysterious government medical experiment to learn about the effects of a chemical called LOT-6. Most volunteers have terrible side effects, but for Andrew and Vicky that gives them the ability to control and read people’s minds.

Just when they believe the worst is behind them, Vicky becomes pregnant and, when their first daughter, Charlie, is born, they discover that she also inherited some special abilities as a result of the experiment. Charlie has pyrokinesis and can cause any object to be consumed by flames by focusing on it, which catches the attention of The Shop, who begins to pursue the family to be in control of their powers.

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The remake is directed by Keith Thomas (The Possession), and the screenplay will be written by Halloween Kills writer Scott Teems. For now, it is not known who will take the role of Drew Barrymore as Charlie.

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