Zac Efron in talks to lead Blumhouse’s Firestarter remake
Perfectly timed for the novel’s 40th anniversary, Collider has brought word that Blumhouse’s upcoming remake of the 1984 adaptation of Stephen King’s Firestarter has found its male lead in the form of Zac Efron (Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile) as he has entered talks for the role. Blumhouse’s seeming confirmation can be viewed below!
Drew Barrymore previously played Charlie in Mark L. Lester’s 1984 adaptation that also starred David Keith as Charlie’s father Andy. Written by Stanley Mann, the movie earned $17.1 million at the box office from a $12 million budget. A TV miniseries titled Firestarter: Rekindled followed in 2002 starring Marguerite Moreau, Malcolm McDowell, and Dennis Hopper.
After originally setting In the Fade‘s Fatih Akin for the job, Blumhouse partnered with up-and-comer Keith Thomas (The Vigil) late last year to direct the new adaptation while Scott Teems (Halloween Kills) is penning the script.