Zac Efron to star in remake of Stephen King’s Firestarter

Things are about to heat up forZac Efron.

TheExtremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vileactor (italics are very important there) will star ina new adaptationofStephen King‘s novelFirestarterfrom Universal and Blumhouse. Scott Teems (of the upcomingHalloween Kills) is penning the script, with Keith Thomas (The Vigil) set to direct.Akiva Goldsman, who was originally announced to be helming the film, will produce alongside Blumhouse founderJason Blum.

Firestarter, published in 1980, follows a father and daughter on the run from a government agency that wants to harness the girl’s pyrokinetic abilities (that is, the power to start fires with her mind) as a weapon. The book was previously adapted for the big screen in 1984, with a youngDrew Barrymorestarring. This remake continues the flood of recent and upcoming King adaptations, from CBS All Access’The Standminiseriesto a feature film version of the author’s short storyMr. Harrigan’s Phone, also from Blumhouse.

Efron, meanwhile, was most recently seen in the Netflix docuseriesDown to Earth. He is also set to star inan upcoming remake ofThree Men and a Babyfor Disney+.

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