Firestarter, Maximum Overdrive Remakes in the Works


De Laurentiis to revisit two Stephen King titles

In the wake of Dino De Laurentiis comes news of remakes to two films he produced.

According to Variety, Universal is going to revisit Stephen King’s “Firestarter” and re-adapt the property for a new generation. The novel was first turned into a film in 1984 starring Drew Barrymore and David Keith as a daughter and father – who harbor special abilities and are on the run. Fans of the novel were riled up when George C. Scott was strangely cast as John Rainbird.

A made-for-TV follow-up, Firestarter 2: Rekindled hit the Sci-Fi Channel in 2002.

For the redo, “We see this as a unique, character-driven thriller with a supernatural edge, based on a timeless concept and enhanced by recent visual effects advances,” Martha De Laurentiis told Variety.

Also on the remake slab, Stephen King’s Maximum Overdrive, the author’s directorial debut about vehicles and home appliances gone bad. No other details were provided about this update.

Source: Variety