For many years, Stephen King novels have been a go-to for Hollywood adaptations. The prolific writer has no doubt provided readers with some gripping tales ranging from horror to science fiction, in many occasions intertwining them. Hollywood has adapted a variety of works, many of which hold a significant place in popular culture such as Carrie and The Shinning. The recent success of the It film can be regarded as one of King’s best adaptations and it looks like there will be more underway as King’s Firestarter film has now found a new director to helm the project.
Variety reports that German filmmaker Faith Akin, known for his directorial efforts in the acclaimed Head-On and In the Fade is set to take on the sci-fi thriller. He replaced Akiva Goldsman who was set to direct initially but will serve as producer. Firestarter was released in 1980 and follows Andy McGee and his young daughter, Charlie who possesses pyrokinetic abilities, able to create fire with her thoughts (Hence, the title). The two are pursued by the government who intends to weaponize Charlie’s abilities.
Firestarter was adapted into a film, released in 1984 and starred a young Drew Barrymore. It was not particularly well received and fell under the umbrella of King’s not-so-good adaptations. The remake is set to be produced by Blumhouse Productions and Universal Pictures and would be able to capitalize on the success of It.This is no surprise with the It sequel underway, and the King vibes still in the air, it looks like this adaptation would be able to succeed.
Akin is definitely a great filmmaker and has a good amount of experience in film, granted in more smaller independent dramas. Despite his experience with mostly smaller films, it is highly likely that he would be able to deliver. Filmmakers more experienced with these films might be able to offer a much more in-depth narrative and genuine direction in regards to producing a big-budget film that doesn’t seem like another studio churn out. With a good director and solid source material, this looks like another King adaptation to look out for.