Oscar-winning screenwriter Akiva Goldsman seized the spotlight at The Overlook Film Festival - held, appropriately enough, at Oregon's Timberline Lodge, which doubles as the Overlook Hotel in Stanley Kubrick's widely loved (except by King himself) take on The Shining - to announce that he'd be writing and directing a new version of the author's 1980 bestseller, Firestarter.
Details are few and far between at this early stage, but those of you familiar with the source material will know that Firestarter chronicles the story of a "young girl who develops pyrokinetic abilities and is abducted by a secret government agency that wants to harness her powerful gift as a weapon". Goldsman is also known for penning critically acclaimed "A Beautiful Mind" and "Cinderella Man". However, he also wrote the more respectable I Am Legend, and was an executive producer on Fringe. Firestarter will rep the fifth time Goldsman has worked with Blumhouse following his EP duties on Paranormal Activity 2, 3 and 4 as well as Stephanie. Recent Blumhouse releases include the box office hits Split and Get Out.
More exciting than Goldsman's helming of the movie is the fact that this is coming off a very hot streak for horror label Blumhouse Productions.
Stephen King's Firestarter next in line for a remake
Universal Pictures and Blumhouse Productions , with veteran writer/producer Akiva Goldsman attached to direct. For now, just know that it's in good hands with Blumhouse , so that's, at least, a good sign.
If you're a fan of seeing the tales of Stephen King adapted for the screen, 2017's already a really good year for you. Stranger Things became a cultural phenomenon a year ago while drawing heavy influences from the author, and 11.22.63 did a fine job in adapting one of the author's most labyrinthe novels.
Well, Stephen King openly admits that Firestarter was one of the worst films based on one of his books.