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Firestarter Remake Coming from Blumhouse and Akiva Goldsman

Firestarter Remake Coming from Blumhouse and Akiva Goldsman
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,
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Stephen King’s Firestarter next in line for a remake

Don Kaye May 2, 2017

The new film version of Stephen King’s pyrokinetic thriller Firestarter will be directed by Akiva Goldsman.

Stephen King’s 1980 novel Firestarter is going to be adapted as a feature film for the second time, it was announced at the end of last week at the Overlook Film Festival in Mount Hood, Oregon. The news was revealed by producer Jason Blum (Get Out, Split, The Purge) and the man who will direct the picture, Akiva Goldsman.

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King’s novel focused on a little girl named Charlie who develops the ability to start fires and control the flames with her mind. A secret government agency known as the Shop - which injected Charlie’s parents with the drug that gave
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Akiva Goldsman to Direct New Film Adaptation of Stephen King’s Firestarter

Daily Dead Editor-in-Chief Jonathan James is attending The Overlook Film Festival in Oregon, where they have announced that a new version of Firestarter is in development.

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.

Jason Blum's Blumhouse Productions will support the new Firestarter film, and Universal is taking part in its development,
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'The Patriot' and '24' actress Skye McCole Bartusiak dead at age 21

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'The Patriot' and '24' actress Skye McCole Bartusiak dead at age 21
Skye McCole Bartusiak, the actress who played Mel Gibson's youngest daughter in the 2000 Revolutionary War drama "The Patriot," has died at the age of 21. "We lost our girl," Helen McCole Bartusiak told CNN. "She was a kind and really beautiful girl." Though cause of death is unknown at this point, Bartusiak states that her daughter had been suffering from epileptic seizures over the last several days and may have "had a seizure and choked and nobody was there." The actress had been experiencing seizures since the time she was a baby, though they ceased for several years before returning last week, according to her mother. "I've done CPR on that kid more than one time and it just didn't work this time," Bartusiak said, stating that paramedics also attempted resuscitation but could not get a heartbeat. Bartusiak made her screen debut in 1999 with a small role in the ABC
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TNT Developing Firestarter Sequel TV Series ‘The Shop’

Charlie McGee thought she had reduced The Shop to a pile of ashes when she was a little girl, but it turns out the organization that exploits humans with superhuman powers survived the flames. The 2002 TV movie Firestarter 2: Rekindled attempted to continue the story of Stephen King’s 1980 novel Firestarter and its 1984 original feature adaptation of the same name. Now TNT is taking a turn at continuing the Firestarter storyline with the announcement of a new TV series called The Shop, which will serve as a sequel to King’s novel and focus on an adult Charlie.

As reported by TVLine, this sequel series was recently announced as part of TNT’s new lineup of thriller shows. The Shop will begin twenty years down the road from where Firestarter left off. Charlie will be all grown up. Also alive and well is the organization that terrorized Charlie and her dad in her younger days.
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Another Firestarter Sequel is in the Works, Now at TNT

Firestarter lives on. TNT is saying, "Hey, forget that 2002 sequel Firestarter 2: Rekindled" by announcing today that it will forge ahead with its own follow-up entitled The Shop. "Firestarter" is a Stephen King novel that was adapted for the big screen in 1984 by Mark Lester and it starred Drew Barrymore and David Keith as a father and daughter on the run from "The Shop" which wanted to harness their otherwordly abilities (he could control minds and she was a pyrokinetic). This paved the way for the aforementioned sequel in 2002 on the Sci-Fi Channel (now SyFy).

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Raven Banner Entertainment Takes Home a Sick Boy

Do you want to see a creepy trailer? Look no further, boys and girls. The trailer for Sick Boy is a skin-crawler. Featuring the great Debbie Rochon and Skye McCole Bartusiak, Sick Boy looks like a truly scary project. And it now has worldwide representation from Raven Banner Entertainment.

During the Toronto International Film Festival Raven Banner Entertainment nabbed the rights to Sick Boy, Tim T. Cunningham's creepy baby-sitting gig gone awry film.

Oh, and that trailer I was talking about? Check it out below along with some stills and artwork. Yeah, dude, that sick boy is creepy!

From the Press Release

Raven Banner is excited to be representing the worldwide rights to Tim T. Cunningham’s Sick Boy. Raven Banner’s Managing Partner, James Fler, negotiated the deal with producer/director Tim T. Cunningham and producer Sean C. Cunningham.

This frightening homage to Hitchcock and the horror films of the late 70’s,
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DVD Review - Husk (2011)

Husk, 2011.

Written and Directed by Brett Simmons.

Starring Devon Graye, Wes Chatham, C.J. Thomason, Tammin Sursok and Ben Easter.

Synopsis:

When a crow smashes into their car windscreen a group of young friends find themselves stranded near a desolate cornfield and take shelter in a crumbling farmhouse, which they soon discover to be the centre of a terrifying supernatural ritual.

Formed in 2006 by filmmaker Courtney Solomon to produce and distribute his second feature An American Haunting, independent studio After Dark Films have since been making steady inroads into the horror market. After four years of promoting After Dark: Horrorfest in the U.S., the company are looking to move on from acquiring and distributing titles by partnering up with Lionsgate and Syfy to produce a new series of low-budget horrors. Now if you’re already familiar with other Syfy original films – a catalogue of ‘movies’ that includes trash such as Lake Placid 3,
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Horror at the Oscars Part III

Tremors? Nightbreed? Sundown: The Vampire in Retreat? 976-evil? Are all on the list this year. And though there were not huge horror wins in sound editing through screenplays, the Technical Awards never cease to bring out the horror veterans. Notably Tim Drnec who contributed to such VHS classics as Alien Seed, Destroyer, and Prison won for his work on “Spydercam 3D volumetric suspended cable camera technologies.” An award also shared with Ben Britten Smith and Matt Davis who both also worked on Constantine.

But among all the winners, the Academy also honored some great loses in 2010. And though they mentioned some of our heroes, Dennis Hooper (Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2), Kevin McCarthy (Invasion of the Body Snatchers) and Dino de Laurentiis (King Kong), they did not mention Zelda Rubinstein or Corey Haim. But we will in this last section and the others lost to us last year.

So farewell fight fans and remember,
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Universal Looking To Relight King’s Firestarter

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

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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The Heat Is On For "Firestarter"

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According to reports, Universal Pictures and Dino De Laurentiis Co. will develop a reboot of the 1984 feature "Firestarter", to be scripted by Mark L. Smith.

Based on author Stephen King's novel, the original "Firestarter" feature starred Drew Barrymore as 'Charlie McGee', who develops 'pyrokinesis':

"...'Andrew' and 'Charlie McGee', are a father-daughter pair on the run from a government agency known as 'The Shop'. During his college years, Andy had participated in a Shop experiment dealing with 'Lot 6', a drug with hallucinogenic effects similar to LSD. The drug gave his future wife, 'Victoria Tomlinson', minor telepathic abilities, and him an autohypnotic mind domination ability known as 'the Push'.

"Both his and Vicky's powers are physiologically limited. In his case, overuse of the Push gives him crippling migraine headaches and minute brain hemorrhages, but their daughter 'Charlie' developed a 'pyrokinetic' ability, with the full extent of her power unknown. After
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Uni and Room 101 Reignite 'Firestarter' Flame

Uni and Room 101 Reignite 'Firestarter' Flame
Normally I couldn't give a sh*t about a remake to Firestarter, but it's hard to ignore any project being produced by Steven Schneider and his Room 101 banner. Variety reports that Room 101, along with Universal, are looking to reignite the Firestarter flame. The studio and Dino De Laurentiis Co. have teamed to reboot the 1984 horror pic, with Mark L. Smith (Vacancy, The Hole) onboard to pen the script. Based on the Stephen King tome, the studio aims to turn the reboot into a franchise property. The 1984 pic starred Drew Barrymore as a girl able to start fires at will. It grossed $17 million at the domestic B.O. and was also produced through U and De Laurentiis' Co. The SyFy channel aired Firestarter 2: Rekindled back in 2002. The plot details for the reboot are being kept under wraps.
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Firestarter , Maximum Overdrive Remakes in the Works

In the wake of Dino De Laurentiis comes news of remakes to two films he produced. According to Variety, Universal is going to revisit Stephen King's "Firestarter" and re-adapt the property for a new generation. The novel was first turned into a film in 1984 starring Drew Barrymore and David Keith as a daughter and father - who harbor special abilities and are on the run. Fans of the novel were riled up when George C. Scott was strangely cast as John Rainbird. A made-for-tv follow-up, Firestarter 2: Rekindled hit the Sci-Fi Channel in 2002. For the redo, "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," Martha De Laurentiis told Variety. Also on...
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Universal Rebooting Firestarter as a Potential Franchise

Although it was based on a novel by Stephen King, I really don’t see anything remotely “Horror”-ish about his “Firestarter”. If anything, it’s more sci-fi than horror, what with Eeeeeevil Government types and experiments gone awry and such. In any case, Universal and the Dino De Laurentiis Co. are teaming up to remake the 1984 movie, with an eye towards turning it into a potential franchise. Based on a King novel, the 1984 flick starred Drew Barrymore back when she was a little tyke as Charlene ‘Charlie’ McGee, a kid who can start fires with her mind if you get her really, really mad. David Keith played her dad, who is on the run with Charlie from evil Government types determined to harness the girl’s powers for nefarious purposes. (A common motif in King’s stories — never trust The Man). Heather Locklear played the mom. There was a
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Universal to Reboot ‘Firestarter’

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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Leading Actor Dennis Hopper is Dead

Dennis Hopper’s long film career began with the 1955 teen angst classic Rebel Without a Cause with James Dean, and he helped usher in Hollywood’s New Wave as director and star of the counterculture anthem Easy Rider in 1969. He later became a respected character actor, specializing in such off-beat villains as the drug-addicted, obscenity-spouting Frank Black in David Lynch’s Blue Velvet (1986), crazed bomber Howard Payne in the 1994 action-thriller Speed with Keanu Reeves and Sandra Bullock, and Deacon in Kevin Costner’s soggy post-apocalyptic saga Waterworld (1995).

Hopper was born in Dodge City, Kansas on May 17, 1936. He moved to San Diego, California with his family in the late 1940s, and began studying at the local Old Globe Theater while attending high school. He soon signed with Warner Brothers and was featured in a small role in 1955’s Rebel Without a Cause. He was later featured as Jordan Benedict III, the
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The Mutant Chronicles (DVD Review)

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This review also appears on our Starlog website...

Mutant Chronicles tries to be The Dirty Dozen meets Aliens but it’s really more like Pearl Harbor meets The Chronicles Of Riddick. In case you couldn’t guess, that’s Not a compliment. It’s out today from Magnolia (reviewed from the $26.98 single-disc DVD; also available as a $29.98 two-disc Collector’s Edition DVD; $34.98 Blu-ray).

Director Simon Hunter and screenwriter Philip Eisner haven’t been prolific in the last decade. Hunter hasn’t helmed a feature since 2000’s Lighthouse (a decent horror movie) and Eisner has only added Firestarter: Rekindled to his credits since penning Paul W.S. Anderson’s Event Horizon. Perhaps both have gotten a little rusty over the years, because Mutant Chronicles is a boring, flavorless, sermonic flick that dulls with its repetitive, exhausting “action” sequences and tiresome, pedagogical passages on the values of religious conviction and blind faith.

It’s the 28th Century,
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Mutant Chronicles — The DVD Review

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Mutant Chronicles tries to be The Dirty Dozen meets Aliens but it’s really more like Pearl Harbor meets The Chronicles Of Riddick. In case you couldn’t guess, that’s Not a compliment. It’s out today from Magnolia (reviewed from the $26.98 single-disc DVD; also available as a $29.98 two-disc Collector’s Edition DVD; $34.98 Blu-ray).

Director Simon Hunter and screenwriter Philip Eisner haven’t been prolific in the last decade. Hunter hasn’t helmed a feature since 2000’s Lighthouse (a decent horror movie) and Eisner has only added Firestarter: Rekindled to his credits since penning Paul W.S. Anderson’s Event Horizon. Perhaps both have gotten a little rusty over the years, because Mutant Chronicles is a boring, flavorless, sermonic flick that dulls with its repetitive, exhausting “action” sequences and tiresome, pedagogical passages on the values of religious conviction and blind faith.

It’s the 28th Century, and an Ice Age
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