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Jason Blum of Blumhouse Productions has announced that Akiva Goldsman (Winter’s Tale, Stephanie) has signed on to direct new version of the 1980 Stephen King novel Firestarter, which has been scripted by Scott Teems (Rectify).
Firestarter follows Andy McGee and his young daughter Charlie, a nine-year old girl who has inherited pyrokinetic abilities from her parents after they participated in an experiment during college which resulted in them developing telepathy. Father and daughter find themselves on the run from the government, who want to weaponise Charlie and her firestarting powers.
- Gary Collinson
Yahoo! Movies has revealed a new image from the upcoming big screen adaptation of Stephen King’s fantasy epic The Dark Tower featuring Idris Elba’s Roland Deschain and Tom Taylor’s Jake Chambers; take a look below…
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The Dark Tower is set for release on August 4th, and sees Nikolaj Arcel (A Royal Affair) directing a cast that includes Idris Elba (Luther) as Roland Deschain, Matthew McConaughey (Interstellar) as the Man in Black, Tom Taylor (Doctor Foster) as Jake Chambers, Abbey Lee (Mad Max: Fury Road) as Tirana, Fran Kranz (The Cabin in the Woods) as Pimli, Jackie Earle Haley (Watchmen) as Richard Sayre, Michael Barbieri (Little Men) as Timmy, Claudia Kim (Avengers: Age of Ultron) as Arra Champignon and Katheryn Winnick (Vikings) as Laurie Chambers. »
- Amie Cranswick
Columbia Pictures will release the action-adventure in cinemas July 28, 2017.
Starring Idris Elba, Matthew McConaughey, Tom Taylor, Claudia Kim, Fran Kranz, Abbey Lee and Jackie Earle Haley, the film is directed by Nikolaj Arcel (A Royal Affair) and produced by Akiva Goldsman, Brian Grazer, Ron Howard and Erica Huggins.
The last Gunslinger, Roland Deschain (Idris Elba), has been locked in an eternal battle with Walter O’Dim, also known as the Man »
- Michelle McCue
Jesse Eisenberg will be moving from the big to small screen for a television series called The Market. He’s pairing with J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robots Productions on the show, but Deadline also says Eisenberg will take a more active role than just starring in it. He will also write and even direct the half-hour single camera comedy, as well as executive producing with Abrams and Ben Stephenson.
The Market tells the story of Harold Katzman, a recently widowed man who moves to Pittsburgh to live with his adult son, Stan, played by Eisenberg. Both men coincidentally lose their jobs at the same time due to the poor economy and have to navigate a very tough job market as they attempt to get back on their feet.
Eisenberg has had experience writing in his career, having written several plays and contributes frequently to The New Yorker and even a collection »
- Ricky Church
Deadline reports that Blumhouse and Universal are teaming up for a new film adaptation of Stephen King’s Firestarter. Directed by producer and screenwriter Akiva Goldsman—whose only other movie as a director was the underwhelming fairy-tale flop Winter’s Tale—the film would revisit King’s tale of a father-daughter team on the run from a shadowy government agency that wants to study their powerful psychic abilities.
Firestarter previously got the book-to-film treatment in 1984, with Drew Barrymore in the role of young Charlie McGee, a precocious tyke with the ability to roast people alive with her mind. There’s no word yet on who’ll play Charlie in this new version, or her eventual nemesis John Rainbird, memorably played by George C. Scott in the original film (and less so by Malcolm McDowell in Syfy’s made-for-tv sequel Rekindled in 2002).
- William Hughes
The Summer movie season is nearly upon us and with it come a bevy of blockbusters and smaller films looking to occupy your time. The Cinelinx team is eager to see what this Summer season will bring, and have banded together to discuss the films they’re looking forward to most. Come inside to check it out!
Next week, will see the launch of Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, effectively signaling the start of the 2017 Summer movie season. As always, it’s a busy time and packed with films (both small and large) that we’re anxious to see. There’s a lot coming out this Summer, so our team here at Cinelinx decided to take the time to break down the Five films they’re most excited to see this Summer. It was tough to narrow down, but we also gave some quick reasons why certain »
- email@example.com (Jordan Maison)
The Stanley Film Festival kicked off at the Timberline Lodge in Mt. Hood, Oregon last night, with producer Jason Blum and director Akiva Goldsman debuting their new thriller Stephanie as the opening night screening. The producer and director also used the event to break some news, announcing that they are both collaborating on a new remake of Firestarter, the 1984 horror classic starring Drew Barrymore. Universal Pictures is also involved in the development, but it hasn't been said when production may begin.
Deadline reports that Scott Teems (Rectify) has come aboard to write the screenplay, with Akiva Goldsman set to direct and Jason Blum producing. Universal previously tried to put together a Firestarter reboot back in 2010, with the studio bringing on Mark L. Smith (The Revenant) to write the screenplay, but that incarnation never moved forward. Martha de Laurentiis, who made her producing debut as an associate producer on the original movie, »
Akiva Goldsman is set to direct a new version of Stephen King’s Firestarter. The news was announced following a screening of Goldsman’s new film Stephanie at the Overlook Film Festival last night. The new adaptation will be based on a script by Scott Teems and released by Blumhouse Productions through Universal Pictures.
The film was made into a film in 1984 with Drew Barymore leading the cast. Here’s the official synopsis from the source material; King’s book, which was released three years previous in 1981.
First, a man and a woman are subjects of a top-secret government experiment designed to produce extraordinary psychic powers.
Then, they are married and have a child. A daughter.
Early on the daughter shows signs of a wild and horrifying force growing within her. Desperately, her parents try to train her to keep that force in check, to “act normal.”
Now the government »
- Paul Heath
Anyone remember the 1984 classic film Firestarter? If not, here’s a brief description. The plot concerns a young girl who develops pyrokinesis and the secret government agency known as The Shop which seeks to control her. The film was directed by Mark L. Lester, and stars David Keith, Drew Barrymore, Martin Sheen and George C. Scott. The girl’s father (Keith) also has special mind controlling powers except they give him nose bleeds when he uses them. The movie itself was not a hit in theaters at all. It cost $15 million to make and barely broke even. However, the movie’s
- Nat Berman
Author: Scott Davis
The original novel, published in 1981, was made into a feature film in 1984 by Mark Lester (Commando) and starred Drew Barrymore (Santa Clarita Diet, The Wedding Singer) in the lead role. Martin Sheen, George C. Scott, Art Carney, David Kieth and Heather Locklear co-starred and grossed over $17million domestically.
For the remake, Blumhouse have secured Akiva Goldsman (A New York Winters Tale) to direct the film after recently helming Stephanie for the production company and which debuted this week at the Overlook Film Festival. Goldsman is an Academy Award Winning writer for his work on A Beautiful Mind and has also scribed a wide range of films including the upcoming The Dark Tower, Angels & Demons, Batman and Robin, and A Time To Kill. »
- Scott Davis
It’s a wonderful time to be a Stephen King fan. In 2017 alone, two of the author’s greatest novels – namely It and The Dark Tower – will light up the silver screen, while horror novella The Mist will spread its gnarly tentacles on Spike come June.
Now, Deadline brings word of yet another King property earmarked for adaptation: Firestarter, the 1980 sci-fi novel that spawned a feature adaptation four years later starring Drew Barrymore. This new incarnation has sparked into life over at Universal and Blumhouse, with the Oscar-winning Akiva Goldsman appointed to direct. Blumhouse’s Jason Blum fittingly made the announcement at the Overlook Film Festival in Oregon, which gets its name after the spooky haunted hotel that spawned a million nightmares in The Shining.
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 »
- Michael Briers
Between It, Castle Rock, and The Dark Tower, we seem to living during a renaissance of Stephen King adaptations. While King’s work has always been a huge subject of adaptation in film, it seems like technology has caught up enough to really bring these properties to life in an unprecedented way. Well, it looks like we’ll be getting yet another Stephen King adaptation — this time in the form of the remake Firestarter.
According to Deadline, Oscar-winning writer Akiva Goldsman is teaming up with Blumhouse — the studio behind this year’s hits Split and Get Out — to bring Firestarter to the big screen. Taking the helm is Goldsman himself. Goldsman is best known for his writing work, but in 2014, after some work in TV, he made the leap to feature directing with Winter’s Tale. Firestarter will be Goldsman’s third feature, and his fifth collaboration with Blumhouse (including »
- Joseph Medina
Stephen King adaptations are starting to become all the rage again, with The Dark Tower and It both standing as two of this year’s most anticipated releases. Studios are clearly noticing as yet another classic King tale, Firestarter, is getting the modern treatment from Akiva Goldsman and Blumhouse Productions. The news was announced last night at the Overlook Film Festival after a screening of... Read More »
- Matt Rooney
Last year’s Stranger Things was notable for many reasons. Like Steven Spielberg and Stephen King before it, it managed to put relatable kids in real jeopardy in the darkest of situations. Between it being a love letter to the ‘80s, and all-around solid storytelling, it was a show that clicked with a whole lot of people, and went on to enter the pop culture zeitgeist in a big way.
Of course, if you’ve seen Stranger Things, you know that one aspect that plays a big role in the plot is the Upside Down. In the show, the Upside Down is a dark, morbid alternate universe where Will is trapped, and where the Demomgorgon lives. But what is the Upside Down from a scientific perspective?
The idea is simple enough to explain, »
- Joseph Medina
To say that veteran horror author Stephen King is having a moment is probably a bit simplistic — he’s one of the most popular and successful authors of all time, and his work has been the source material for classics including “The Shining” and “The Shawshank Redemption,” so it’s pretty rare that he hasn’t been having a moment. But King looks to be more present on screen than ever across 2017 and 2018, even by his prolific standards.
- Oliver Lyttelton
Stephen King must be absolutely thrilled with all the adaptations of his work that are happening right now. There’s “Mr. Mercedes” and Spike TV’s “The Mist” plus the adaptations of Gerald’s Game, The Dark Tower, and It all on the… Continue Reading →
- Jonathan Barkan
The horror genre often derives much of its appeal from playing into expectations and generating visceral terror at the same time. That’s certainly the case with “Stephanie,” a more-than-competent entry in the creepy kid subgenre that doesn’t break new ground but manages to find its footing anyway. Directed on a microbudget scale by “A Beautiful Mind” screenwriter Akiva Goldsman, the movie never crystalizes into the ominous extremes of “The Omen” or “The Bad Seed,” but it nevertheless develops a prevalent eeriness around the chilling performance of a young child.
That would be the titular Stephanie (Shree Crooks, the youngest member of the anarchistic family in “Captain Fantastic”), who spends most of the movie entirely on her own in an empty house. After a bizarre and somewhat cheesy opening segment set in an inexplicable dystopian future, the movie flashes back to the disquieting story of Stephanie, who inhabits her »
- Eric Kohn
You can’t keep a good Firestarter down. After the opening night screening at the Overlook Film Festival tonight, Akiva Goldsman and Jason Blum announced that they would be teaming up once again to bring Stephen King’s classic pyrokinetic tale back to the big screen. Hit the jump to learn more about the Firestarter remake. They were […]
- Alex Riviello
Akiva Goldsman may be best known as an Oscar-winning screenwriter whose credits include “A Beautiful Mind” and “Cinderella Man,” but he appears to have found a second act as a horror director. At the inaugural edition of The Overlook Film Festival, a horror film festival taking place at the Timberline Lodge in Mt. Hood, Oregon, Goldsman premiered “Stephanie,” the low-budget supernatural horror film that he directed for Jason Blum’s Blumhouse Productions.
After the screening, Goldsman and Blum shared some breaking news with the audience: The pair would be teaming up again for a new adaptation of “Firestarter,” Stephen King’s 1980 novel about a young girl with pyrokensis and the government agency on her trail.
- Eric Kohn
Following the screening of Akiva Goldsman's new supernatural horror film, Stephanie, Goldsman and Jason Blum stepped on stage for a Q&A, where they announced that Goldsman will direct a new version of Stephen King's 1980 novel, Firestarter.
Goldsman will direct the new take on the story about a girl with pyrokinetic abilities who is hunted by a sinister organization known as The Shop. The new Firestarter movie will be co-written by Goldsman (who also co-wrote The Dark Tower movie, based on King's epic fantasy book series) and Scott Teems (Rectify, That Evening Sun), and Goldsman mentioned that they are looking to the book for inspiration.
- Derek Anderson
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