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Top Ten Tuesday: Santa’s Naughty List

21 December 2010 5:10 AM, PST | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

With Santa Claus right around the corner, what better time is there to point out those good little boys and girls who have taken a turn for the worse? These are the baddest of the bad, the meanest of the mean, naughtiest in Santa’s list. They didn’t start out that way… Some say it’s genetics. Others say it’s how they were raised. Some are just being controlled by the devil himself! No matter how you view it, these kids are going to see a lot of coal in their stockings if they keep it up… Top Ten: Santa’S Naughty List

10. The Exorcist

The Exorcist (1973) starred a young Linda Blair as Regan, an innocent little girl possessed by the devil. Sure, most parents out there surely feel their children are possessed by the devil at one point or another, but Linda Blair and the special effects »

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Exclusive: We Chat to Director Mark L. Lester on Firestarter & Commando Remakes

20 December 2010 4:01 PM, PST | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

Last week we reported on a well-known property from the 80s that was undergoing a 21st century polishing, ready for the remake-saturated market.

This is nothing new, and news of remakes, reboots and revisitings (revisitations?) are more and more commonplace as studio rummage through back catalogues for an idea or a name which will guarantee an element of infamy or nostalgia. Whether the films are remembered with imperfect or total recall they are being scooped up and thrown at the reboot wall to see what sticks.

When news broke that Universal wanted to remake the 80s film Firestarter, and to turn it into a franchise no less, eyebrows were raised and questions followed. How far would this reboot of the Stephen King source material, consistently described by the remakers are ‘edgy’, differ from the original, and what makes it worthy of this new attention.

Director of Firestarter and Commando, both »

- Jon Lyus

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Film Junk Weekend Wrap-Up: Firestarter Remake, John Gotti Biopic, Another Wizard of Oz Movie

20 December 2010 7:39 AM, PST | FilmJunk | See recent FilmJunk news »

It's been a little hectic around Film Junk HQ this month, and there are plenty of news stories that we didn't have a chance to cover, so I thought maybe it would be a good idea to bring back the old Weekend Wrap-Up feature to throw out a hefty helping of leftovers. Among the headlines below you'll find a new take on Stephen King's Firestarter (which, you may remember, originally starred a young Drew Barrymore), another 3-D project for James Cameron, and a possible hint at Tom Cruise's next role after Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol. George Clooney also appears to have his hands full with a number of projects, and a new Catfish lawsuit could potentially unveil the truth behind the film. All that, plus a few trailers including new previews for Cars and Paul, and a comedy called Take Me Home Tonight from the director of Fubar. »

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Stephen King's Firestarter and Maximum Overdrive Getting Rebooted

15 December 2010 1:22 PM, PST | Reelzchannel.com | See recent ReelzChannel news »

Author Stephen King has had several of his books turned into movies, but a couple of those movies are now going to be made...again. Variety reports that Universal Pictures is looking to remake 1984's Firestarter, with hope being that the reboot could become a "franchise property."

The original movie starred Drew Barrymore as a young girl named Charlie McGee who could start fires with her mind, and was based on the 1980 King novel of the same name. The report claims that the Firestarter reboot script from Mark L. Smith (Vacancy) will only be "loosely based" on King's novel, with the Charlie character to be "reinvented with a little more edge."

"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," said producer Martha De Laurentiis. Smith is currently working on the script for the movie, »

- Ryan Gowland

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Universal Want to Start a Firestarter Franchise

15 December 2010 5:00 AM, PST | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

Remember Firestarter? The film based on a Stephen King novel about a pyrokinetic child, with the said child played by a post-et Drew Barrymore? Thought so, well you’re not the only ones and Universal have set wheels in motion to restart the fire as a franchise.

Joining with the Dino De Laurentiis Company Universal clearly know something we don’t as planning a franchise before a single word has been written, cast member signed, nor director approached is a sure sign of confidence in the project. Mark L. Smith, the man behind the Vacancy films as well as Joe Dante’s The Hole, is scripting but there’s no sign of a director, and it’s not known if the other Mark L. in the equation (the original’s director Mark. L. Lester) is involved. So, what do we know so far?

Here’s a worrying quote from the Variety report, »

- Jon Lyus

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Universal Looking To Relight King’s Firestarter

15 December 2010 4:04 AM, PST | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

Now we really are scraping the bottom of the remake barrel with news that Universal and the Dino De Laurentiis Co. are looking to kickstart a new franchise based on one of Stephen King’s lesser works Firestarter. You may remember the original film, released in 1984, starred a cherubic Drew Barrymore as the pyrokinetic poppet whom a government agency were hunting to harness her powers.

It was previously brought back to the small screen in 2002 with Firestarter 2: Rekindled. De Laurentiis Co. Chairman Martha De Laurentiis told Variety;

“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.”

So translate this as ‘people with superpowers are cool and we can blow stuff up real good these days.’

Writer Mark L Smith (Vacancy, The Hole) is working on the script with the apparent intention of making it edgier this time around. »

- Neil Upton

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Firestarter movie smouldering again

14 December 2010 11:52 PM, PST | Corona's Coming Attractions | See recent Corona's Coming Attractions news »

A remake of the 1984 movie Firestarter, which was an adaptation of the Stephen King novel of the same name, is in the planning stages.

The Dino De Laurentiis Company still has the rights to the property. De Laurentiis produced the first movie, which starred Drew Barrymore as a eight-year-old girl born with the power to start fires with her mind, and the company is also developing the Firestarter remake. However, what's being discussed about the new Firestarter is the idea of shaping it into a movie franchise right from its start. King's novel has a fairly solid ending, and the antagonists are pretty much all cinders at the conclusion of the novel, but you know that just because the book ends one way that the movie can end differently.

The project is set up at Universal, and Mark L. Smith (Vacancy, The Hole) has been hired to write the Firestarter remake screenplay. »

- Patrick Sauriol

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Firestarter Reboot to Combust in a Theater Near You

14 December 2010 8:23 PM, PST | Horror News | See recent Horror News news »

Stephen King’s story of a pyrokinetic little girl and her ability to torch anyone who makes her mad will return to movie screens in a reboot of the 1984 film Firestarter. Universal Pictures and Dino De Laurentiis Co. have joined forces to create the film and according to Variety, Mark L. Smith is hard at work penning a script for the reboot of the classic sci-fi/horror flick. Many will remember an adorably young Drew Barrymore in the role of little Charlie McGee as she and her daddy tried to escape the wicked government that sought to exploit their drug induced abilities. In this re-envisioning representatives for Universal Pictures commented that Charlie McGee will have “a little more edge” but what that statement entails is not yet known. Source: http://www.collider.com Related Posts:Chucky Remake Placed On HoldUniversal Pictures Unleashes Several Websites For ‘Devil’ MovieVintage Screams: The BarrymoresDetention – A »

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Universal Rebooting Stephen King’s ‘Firestarter’

14 December 2010 5:33 PM, PST | ScreenRant.com | See recent Screen Rant news »

In 1984, a nine-year-old Drew Barrymore burned up the silver screen in Firestarter, a movie about a pyrokinetic girl on the run from the government.

Now, 26 years later, Universal and the Dino De Laurentiis Co. are looking to fan the flames of the franchise and bring the movie back to life in a new reboot.

According to Variety, the project will still be based on Stephen King’s original novel, like the first movie, but it will not follow the exact same plot and the “the main character is to be reinvented with a little more edge.” Horror screenwriter Mark L. Smith is set to write the script for the reboot.

In a world where reboots and remakes reign supreme, this news may not excite that many people. However, I think Firestarter is the…

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Universal Planning 'Firestarter' Reboot

14 December 2010 5:15 PM, PST | GetTheBigPicture.net | See recent Get The Big Picture news »

Finally a major studio has decided to remake a movie that could be better with a second go-around.  According to Variety, Universal and Dino De Laurentiis Co. are in talks to reboot the Stephen King novel turned horror flick Firestarter.

If you don't remember the movie, and honestly I barely do, Firestarter came out in 1984 and starred Drew Barrymore as a child with pyrokinetic abilities.

Mark L. Smith will write the new script, but the plot details are unknown at this point.  It's believed that it will be loosely based off of the original novel with plans to give the lead character "a little more edge".   »

- Patrick Fancher

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Firestarter and Maximum Overdrive Being Rebooted

14 December 2010 4:57 PM, PST | WorstPreviews.com | See recent Worst Previews news »

Universal Pictures and producer Dino De Laurentiis' production company (Red Dragon, Assassins) have teamed to reboot the 1984 horror film "Firestarter," based on a Stephen King tome, and have hired Mark Smith (Vacancy) to write the script. The original movie starred a 9-year-old Drew Barrymore as a girl able to start fires at will. It grossed $17 million at the domestic box office. Although there were no sequels developed (besides the unrelated TV film "Firestarter 2: Rekindled"), the studio aims to turn the reboot into a franchise property. The goal is to begin filming in 2011. "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," said Martha De Laurentiis, who has taken over Dino's company after his death last month. De Laurentiis company has a slew of other projects in various stages of development, including a reboot of the cult classic "Barbarella, »

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Get Ready For A Maximum Overdrive Remake

14 December 2010 4:24 PM, PST | GeekTyrant | See recent GeekTyrant news »

          

Yeah kids, right on the heels of us telling you about the Firestarter remake and franchise plans, now we have word on a Maximum Overdrive remake. According to Variety Dino De Laurentis Co. is on the job and ready.

Do y'all remember the original with the machines going crazy when the comet passed by and especially the big truck with the Green Goblin head on the grill?  Do you remember Emilio Estevez aka Charlie Sheen's brother? I have to say this was a fun piece of  Stephen King cheese to watch with an even better soundtrack by Acdc!

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'Firestarter' Falls Into Universal's Clutches

14 December 2010 2:59 PM, PST | Planet Fury | See recent Planet Fury news »

If you find yourself turning a little green at the idea of Firestarter being remade, hold on tight. Variety recently reported that Universal Studios and Dino De Laurentiis Co. are going to turn Firestarter into the next big franchise opportunity. Mark L. Smith (Vacancy) is on board to write the script, with no director attached to it as of yet.

The Stephen King story was originally adapted into movie form in 1984 and starred a young and probably high Drew Barrymore. The film doesn't get much acclaim in the horror world these days--or at least no one tells me that they love it. I feel uncomfortable speaking for a whole horror community so I'll let you guys do the deciding--do you even like Firestarter?

Not too much has been unveiled about the plot except that it will most likely be loosely based on the novel and that the main character will »

- Andre Dumas

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Universal to bring back 'Firestarter'

14 December 2010 1:39 PM, PST | Monsters and Critics | See recent Monsters and Critics news »

Universal will reboot the 1984 horror film "Firestarter" with the hopes of turning it into a franchise.According to Variety, Mark L. Smith ("Vacancy," "The Hole") will write the script.Universal is hoping to begin production next year.No director has been hired yet.Dino De Laurentiis Co. chairman Martha De Laurentiis will produce with Lorenzo De Maio along with Steven Schneider through his Room 101 company.The reboot was one of the last projects legendary producer Dino De Laurentiis worked on before his death in November at age 91.The 1984 film, based on the Stephen King novel, starred Drew Barrymore as a girl who develops pyrokinesis, the ability to start fires at will. On the run with her father, they try to elude a »

- Adnan Tezer

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'Firestarter' Remake Warming Up

14 December 2010 11:02 AM, PST | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

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At this point there's a screenwriter on board and a few changes are definitely afoot, but it certainly looks like we'll have a new version of the 1984 movie 'Firestarter' relatively soon. Variety reports that the De Laurentiis Company is actively moving forward on this reboot (which is intended to kick-start a new franchise, apparently) and to that end the've tapped screenwriter Mark L. Smith ('Vacancy', 'The Hole') to "loosely" adapt the Stephen King novel and give the lead character "a little more edge."

Apparently the production company is keeping plot details under wraps, which is a little weird considering we've all read the book and seen the movie, but hey, whatever adds a little new spice to yet another '80s horror film remake. Martha De Laurentiis had this to say: "We see this as a unique, character-driven thriller with a supernatural edge, »

- Scott Weinberg

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'Firestarter' Remake Warming Up

14 December 2010 11:02 AM, PST | Cinematical | See recent Cinematical news »

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At this point there's a screenwriter on board and a few changes are definitely afoot, but it certainly looks like we'll have a new version of the 1984 movie 'Firestarter' relatively soon. Variety reports that the De Laurentiis Company is actively moving forward on this reboot (which is intended to kick-start a new franchise, apparently) and to that end the've tapped screenwriter Mark L. Smith ('Vacancy', 'The Hole') to "loosely" adapt the Stephen King novel and give the lead character "a little more edge."

Apparently the production company is keeping plot details under wraps, which is a little weird considering we've all read the book and seen the movie, but hey, whatever adds a little new spice to yet another '80s horror film remake. Martha De Laurentiis had this to say: "We see this as a unique, character-driven thriller with a supernatural edge, »

- Scott Weinberg

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Stephen King Starts Universal’s Fire. Get It?

14 December 2010 10:54 AM, PST | NextMovie | See recent NextMovie news »

In the grand lexicon of universal fears, fire is right up there somewhere between spiders and clowns. So it’s no wonder that Stephen King, who has of course made a living writing about everything terrible in this world (including both spiders and clowns), was able to turn “Firestarter” into a cult hit starring Drew Barrymore back in 1984. No, the real wonder is that it has taken over a quarter of a century for Hollywood to decide they needed to do a remake.

Well, that wait is finally over, as Variety is reporting that Universal Studios and the De Laurentiis production company have given the greenlight to a new version of “Firestarter” — and this time they’re hoping to turn it into a franchise.

“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,” production head »

- Scott Harris

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'Firestarter' reboot gets a spark

14 December 2010 10:42 AM, PST | EW - Inside Movies | See recent EW.com - Inside Movies news »

Universal has confirmed that they’re sparking a reboot of the 1984 film, Firestarter, based on the Stephen King novel of the same name. Variety had the original report that the studio and De Laurentiis Co. intended to resurrect the project next year as a possible franchise. Mark L. Smith (Vacancy) is penning the new script. Drew Barrymore, then nine years old, played the original film’s hero, but the new film is seeking a little more edge from its main character. »

- Jeff Labrecque

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Stephen King's 'Firestarter' to be remade

14 December 2010 9:08 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Universal has teamed up with Stephen King to make a new version of 1984 horror movie Firestarter. The studio has paired up with Dino De Laurentiis Co. in order to remake the movie, based on King's book of the same name, into a new “franchise property”, reports Variety. “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,” said (more) »

- By Paul Delamore

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Universal Remaking Stephen King’s ‘Firestarter;’ ‘Maximum Overdrive’ Remake Also Percolating

14 December 2010 8:50 AM, PST | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

Poll a hundred people about their top five movies based on Stephen King novels and I doubt Firestarter, the 1984 film featuring Drew Barrymore in her first post-E.T. film appearance, would even crack the top 90%. I actually wouldn't be surprised if a great many people now have never seen the film. So, the fact that Universal and the Dino De Laurentiis Company want to remake the movie should be seen as, if not good news, at least a fairly benign report. Variety [1] says the intent is to create a franchise, and that Mark L. Smith (Vacancy, The Hole) will script the new version. The trade also says the new script will be "loosely" based on the Stephen King novel, and that " the main character is to be reinvented with a little more edge." Because a little girl who is able to telekinetically start fires isn't edgy enough. Thanks for making mutants look so humdrum, »

- Russ Fischer

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