Check out a Firestarter Official Behind the Scenes Featurette starring Zac Efron and Ryan Kiera Armstrong.
Stephen King’s Firestarter from the 80s was a classic starring a then very young Drew Barrymore in the lead. Now in 2022, the remake arrives in theaters and on Peacock streaming service this Friday the 13th!
“It was honestly, truly my favorite experience ever in my career,” Ryan Kiera Armstrong says about making Firestarter, the new film adaptation of Stephen King’s best-sellling 1980 novel about a girl with dangerous pyrokinetic abilities originally brought to the screen in 1984 with Drew Barrymore in the lead.
Considering Armstrong is only 12, it’s hard to fathom the preteen has much to compare Firestarter to when assessing the breadth of her career. But she is actually something of an old pro in Hollywood, experience-wise, having already appeared in one Stephen King movie (2019’s It: Chapter Two), a Marvel movie (2021’s Black Widow), a Chris Pratt action fick (2021’s The Tomorrow War) and six episodes of American Horror Story (also in 2021), not to mention various other credits since she started acting in 2017.
The film directed by Keith Thomas, from a screenplay by Scott Teems, based on the novel of the same name by the aforementioned Stephen King. It stars Zac Efron, Ryan Kiera Armstrong, Sydney Lemmon, Kurtwood Smith, John Beasley, Michael Greyeyes, and Gloria Reuben. The film is produced by Jason Blum and Akiva Goldsman under their Blumhouse Productions and Weed Road Pictures banners, respectively, alongside BoulderLight Pictures and Angry Adam Pictures.
Like in the original film/book, Zac Efron plays a father trying to protect his pre-teen daughter, who is rapidly developing pyrokinesis powers, from a secret government organization who wishes to control her. John Carpenter will be providing the score for the film.
Surprisingly there has not been much promotion for this Stephen King remake and most people don’t even know its even coming out. But seeing as to how it falls on Friday the 13th, Universal and Peacock are probably hoping to cash in on people looking to scratch their horror fix on the ominous day.