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Stephen King's Firestarter and Maximum Overdrive Getting Rebooted

15 December 2010 1:22 PM, PST | | 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, »

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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. »

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Firestarter and Maximum Overdrive Being Rebooted

14 December 2010 4:57 PM, PST | | 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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Stephen King's Maximum Overdrive Getting Remake Treatment?

14 December 2010 9:13 AM, PST | Horrorbid | See recent Horrorbid news »

In a continuation of Hollywood's attempt to literally remake everything under the sun, Stephen King's 1986 cult classic Maximum Overdrive is next on the reboot chopping block. The film, based on the short story of the same name, was King's one and only directorial attempt to bring his characters or "automobiles" in this case to life...

According to our friends at Variety, Dino De Laurentiis and company will be tackling the remake in an effort to capture the same "cult like" film that the original was able to capture so well. No solid date for production on this film has been given.

Maximum Overdrive is an absurd tale about a radiation storm that somehow animates machines across the world, causing them to turn on their makers. The film focuses on a group of survivors held captive at the Dixie Boy Diner by a group of bad-tempered semis. Led by Emilio Estevez, »

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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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Ron Howard Talks Dark Tower Adaptation

14 December 2010 | | See recent shocktillyoudrop news »

It's been a day for Stephen King films. On the heels of the Firestarter and Maximum Overdrive remake news , Deadline posted a few comments from Ron Howard about his forthcoming endeavor: the long-anticipated adaptation of The Dark Tower series. "It is going well, and it has been incredibly stimulating to work on," Howard told the site. "It's dense, a great author's life work is not to be taken lightly. It has been utterly fascinating to explore it, and we are having great creative conversations. I've begun tossing and turning at 3 in the morning over it, so that's a good sign." Basically, the plan - beginning in 2013 - is to kick off a film trilogy. A companion television series will occur between the movies. Wild, right? Ambitious, but a »

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Is a Remake of Stephen Kings Maximum Overdrive Revving Up

14 December 2010 | Horror Asylum | See recent Horror Asylum news »

Stephen King may be a legendary horror writer, but sadly his directorial efforts never reached that kind of apex. His one and only ever directing gig was 'Maximum Overdrive', his own adaption of his short story 'Trucks', back in 1986. The now cult horror starred Emilio Estevez dodging the hellish advances of technology as a barrage of electrical appliances attacked - including a bunch of trucks, lawnmowers and even a vending machine. Pat Hingle ('Batman'), Laura Harrington and Lisa Simpson herself Yeardley Smith starred also. News is that the production company Dino De Laurentiis is prepping a remake which doesn't actually make me shudder. Technologies a huge part of our lives and has been effectly covered in horror in the past few years with features such as 'Pulse' so it could be interesting. Or could stink up the place! »

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Universal to Reboot ‘Firestarter’

13 December 2010 10:05 PM, PST | | See recent newsinfilm news »

Universal and Dino De Laurentis Co. are teaming to reboot Mark L. Lester’s Firestarter, based on the horror novel by Stephen King about a father-daughter pair with special abilities.  Both worked together on the original in 1984.

The original starred David Keith as Andy, a man left with autohypnotic mind control abilities after government-sponsored experimentation with hallucinogenic drugs.  His daughter, Charlie, had pyrokinetic powers that could ignite objects simply by focusing on them.  Charlie was played by a 11-year-old Drew Barrymore, just two years after her breakout role in E.T.

Plot details for the rebooted version are being kept secret, reports Variety, but the new story will be loosely based on King’s book.  Only this time, the plan is to reinvent the main character with “a little more edge.”  Of course, the update will take full advantage of modern special effects to enhance Charlie’s “firestarting” abilities.

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Uber Producer Buys One Way Ticket To Skull Island, Dino De Laurentis Dead At 91

12 November 2010 7:16 AM, PST | | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

Dino De Laurentis passed away yesterday at the age of 91. The man spent a lifetime in the movie business and will be remembered for different things by different people.  Some will think of films like Serpico, Three Days Of the Condor, and Orca. Some will recall his association with Stephen King through films like Cat’s Eye, Silver Bullet, and Maximum Overdrive. Some might remember him as the man behind the best Hannibal Lecter movie, Manhunter. Still others will accuse our own Brian Salisbury of instigating his death with the publication of this column about Flash Gordon. Most folks though will probably remember the cheese content on his resume including high profile stinkers like King Kong, Dune, and Body of Evidence. Me? I’ll always consider his most memorable production to be his granddaughter Giada. The best cleavage on the Food Network my friends. As well as a fantastic cook and host and stuff… But »

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Dino De Laurentiis dies at 91

11 November 2010 2:10 PM, PST | Corona's Coming Attractions | See recent Corona's Coming Attractions news »

One of the titans of modern cinema has passed away. Dino De Laurentiis, a name synonymous with the definition of movie producer, passed away today at the age of 91 in his Beverly Hills home. The son of pasta-making parents that lived in Italy, De Laurentiis was born in 1919. By the age of 20 he was involved with the cinema craft in his home country.

In the early phase of his producing De Laurentiis was noted for making high quality art house pictures like Federico Fellini's La Strada, for which Dino won his first Oscar for. During the 1950s and 60s, there would be single years where six De Laurentiis pictures were released in Italy. His high volume style of movie-making earned him a reputation of can-do man, someone that had found a knack to make movies that were seemingly effortless to make, at least from a producer's vantage point.

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Rest in Peace: Dino De Laurentiis

11 November 2010 12:20 PM, PST | | See recent Dread Central news »

Few producers in Hollywood have been as prolific as Dino De Laurentiis. For decades the man pumped out tons of genre films, sometimes one right after the other. It's with a heavy heart that we report today that he's no longer with us.

According to Italian website Ansa, De Laurentiis, who brought us hundreds of films such as Hannibal Rising, Red Dragon, Hannibal, Army of Darkness, Cat's Eye, King Kong, King Kong Lives, Maximum Overdrive, Silver Bullet, Dune, The Dead Zone and Amityville II: The Possession, has passed away in Los Angeles at the age of 91.

At this time we here at Dread Central would like to offer our sincerest condolences to Dino's friends, family, and constituents. Thanks for the memories, sir.

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Arrivederci Signor Dino De Laurentiis!

11 November 2010 11:30 AM, PST | Manny the Movie Guy | See recent Manny the Movie Guy news »

When I was a kid, I devoured the kitschy fun of producer Dino De Laurentiis' films such as the 1976 "King Kong" remake. His name got branded in my feeble mind. When you see his "Dino De Laurentiis Presents" before a trailer, you know that film would be fun!

So the death of the Oscar-winning Italian film producer saddened me. The Italian media was reporting that Laurentiis, who gave the world nearly 500 films including "La Strada," "Serpico," and "Three Days of the Condor" died in Los Angeles. He was 91.

Here's a lengthy but absolutely wonderful snap shot of Laurentiis' life written by John Gallagher from film reference:

One of the most colorful, prolific, and successful producers in the contemporary motion picture business, Dino De Laurentiis has proven his entrepreneurial skills time and again, growing from an independent Italian producer into an international conglomerate. His product, from low-budget neorealist works to multimillion dollar spectacles, »

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R.I.P. Dino De Laurentiis

11 November 2010 9:38 AM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

The colourful, eccentric and never less than ostentatious Italian film producer and entrepreneur Dino De Laurentiis passed away at his Beverly Hills home yesterday. He was 91.

After producing his first features in the 1940's and teaming with producer Carlo Ponti on several prestigious Italian films in the 1950's, De Laurentiis turned his attention to what would become his trademark - ambitious, expensive and epic scale international co-productions more concerned with being popular entertainment than critically lauded.

Two studio complexes he built, one in Italy and later one in North Carolina, were both forced to close due to tough economic times and various famous flops he produced. Nevertheless with 166 films under his belt, De Laurentiis will long be remembered for many defining works.

Amongst his earlier credits were Federico Fellini's "La Strada" and "Nights of Cabiria", Roger Vadim’s “Barbarella”, Mario Camerini's "Ulysses", King Vidor's "War and Peace".

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Dino De Laurentiis 1919-2010

11 November 2010 9:22 AM, PST | FilmJunk | See recent FilmJunk news »

Dino De Laurentiis, one of cinema's most well-known and prolific producers, has passed away at the age of 91 this week in Los Angeles. Although you might not immediately associate his name with some of the movies he has produced, you will most certainly be familiar with a large chunk of his filmography. He became known for a lot of genre films, and plenty of fun movies that didn't pretend to be high art. He leaves behind an impressive body of work that includes such cult favourites as Barbarella, Serpico, Conan the Barbarian, Dune, Blue Velvet, Evil Dead 2 and Hannibal. DeLaurentiis started his career in Italy, selling his father's pasta, before enlisting in the Italian army during World War II. After that, he got into producing films, even winning an Oscar early on for co-producing Federico Fellini's La Strada in 1954. He came to America in the '70s and started his own production company, »

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R.I.P. Producer Dino De Laurentiis, Dead at 91

11 November 2010 8:27 AM, PST | | See recent news »

Oscar-winning film producer Dino De Laurentiis has passed away in Los Angeles at the age of 91.  De Laurentiis had over 160 credits to his name including such classics as Serpico and La Strada (for which he won the Oscar) as well as more delightfully schlocky fare like Conan the Barbarian and Maximum Overdrive.  He also produced The Silence of the Lambs sequels and prequels, Hannibal, Red Dragon, and Hannibal Rising.

Our deepest condolences go out to Mr. De Laurentiis’ friends and family. [Reuters] »

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In memoriam: producer Dino De Laurentiis

11 November 2010 7:26 AM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Dino De Laurentiis, producer of such films as Barbarella, The Dead Zone and Hannibal, has sadly passed away.

Producing more than 500 movies over almost 60 years, Dino De Laurentiis became famous for his grand, sweeping epics such as The Bible: In The Beginning, Battle Of The Bulge and the 1976 remake of King Kong.

Nevertheless, De Laurentiis’ most interesting and fondly remembered films were smaller in scale. 1973’s Serpico, directed by Sidney Lumet, boasted a remarkable performance from Al Pacino, while 1983’s The Dead Zone paired director David Cronenberg with Christopher Walken in unforgettable style.

Inevitably for such a prolific producer, not everything De Laurentiis’ fingers touched turned to gold – Flash Gordon, Dune and Maximum Overdrive (writer Stephen King’s first and only directorial credit) all underperformed at the box office – films such as Death Wish, King Kong and, most recently, Hannibal, were huge commercial successes.

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Dino De Laurentiis 1919 - 2010

11 November 2010 | | See recent shocktillyoudrop news »

Dino De Laurentiis has passed away at the age of 91. The Italian producer cut his teeth in the industry as an actor in the late '30s before amassing a producing career that would see him shepherding films like Federico Fellini's La Strada . Danger: Diabolik and Barbarella came later on in the '60s, followed by King Kong in the '70s and a spate of genre fare (let's not forget Conan the Barbarian ) in the '80s. He brought Hannibal Lecter to the screen in Manhunter and gave us a wild vision of Flash Gordon . De Laurentiis also traveled into the Amityville house for Amityville II: The Possession . And he put himself behind Stephen King adaptations like The Dead Zone , Cat's Eye and Maximum Overdrive . He later revisited Lecter for Hannibal , Red Dragon and »

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The Best Horror Movies of All Time (And Worst): Fans Choose

12 October 2010 9:37 PM, PDT | MoreHorror | See recent MoreHorror news »

So, decided to create a survey about what their fans thought about the best and worst horror movies of all time. Almost 5,000 fans responded with their opinions and the results have been tallied.

Readers voted for their scariest movie of the past decade, as well as the silliest idea for a horror movie, and the greatest “scream queen” among others.

Take a gander at the results below and see if you agree.

What horror movie theme scares you the most?

Exorcisms/Satan: 23.9%

Ghosts/Hauntings: 20.8%

Serial Killers 17%

Darkness/Isolation: 14.2%

Zombies: 8.6%

Creepy Kids: 7.1%

Monsters/Aliens: 4.1%

Vampires: 3.6%

Deadly Animals: 0.8%

What was the silliest idea for a horror movie?

Jason goes to outer space in “Jason X”: 24.4%

The deadly wind through the trees in “The Happening”: 19.4%

Killer blenders and soda machines in “Maximum Overdrive”: 17.6%

Chucky, the killer doll from the “Child’s Play” movies: 17.4%

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The Best and Worst Horror Movies of All Time Survey - Fans Speak!

12 October 2010 3:55 PM, PDT | Horrorbid | See recent Horrorbid news » asked moviegoers across the country to share their thoughts about the best and worst of horror movies. The numbers are crunched, the data is here. Do you agree with the results? Feast on all of that after the break...

The Best and Worst Horror Movies of All Time Survey

After collecting nearly 5,000 responses from movie fans nationwide the results are in. Fans voiced their opinions about the scariest movie of the past decade, the silliest idea for a horror movie, the greatest “scream queen” and more. Check out the results below and let us know if you agree or disagree with the results.

What horror movie theme scares you the most?

Exorcisms/Satan: 23.9%

Ghosts/Hauntings: 20.8%

Serial Killers 17%

Darkness/Isolation: 14.2%

Zombies: 8.6%

Creepy Kids: 7.1%

Monsters/Aliens: 4.1%

Vampires: 3.6%

Deadly Animals: 0.8%

What was the silliest idea for a horror movie?

Jason goes to outer space in “Jason X”: 24.4%

The deadly wind »

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