Back in April of 2017, Daily Dead witnessed Jason Blum's announcement that Blumhouse was teaming up with Akiva Goldsman to develop a new adaptation of Stephen King's Firestarter, and now the project is starting to heat up with a director coming on board.

Variety reports that Fatih Akin (In the Fade) will direct the new Firestarter movie from a script by Scott Teems. The screenplay will be based on the 1980 Stephen King book about a telekinetic child named Charlie and the organization known as The Shop that will do anything to capture her and exploit her powers.

King's novel was previously adapted for the big screen in a 1984 film directed by Mark. L. Lester and starring Drew Barrymore. A TV movie sequel, Firestarter 2: Rekindled, was released in 2002.

Martha de Laurentiis, Blum, and Goldsman will produce the new Firestarter film, which is in development at Universal Pictures. A release date and casting details have yet to be revealed, but we'll keep Daily Dead readers updated on further announcements.

Fatih Akin:

Source: Variety
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