Keith Thomas Tapped to Direct Blumhouse Film Adaptation of Stephen King's Firestarter

The filmmaker behind this year's The Vigil will helm up a new big-screen take on the classic novel.

By Chris Morse

A new film adaptation of Stephen King's Firestarter has been loosely in the works from Blumhouse Productions and Universal for some time now, but today brought news that the project is finally beginning to get off the ground with director Keith Thomas entering the fold. According to Collider, the filmmaker behind this year's The Vigil will lead up this take on the 1980 novel.

Thomas joins the project which already has Halloween Kills scribe Scott Teems handling the screenplay. Jason Blum and Akiva Goldsman are producing for Blumhouse and Weed Road, respectively, with Martha De Laurentiis on board as executive producer after originally serving as associate producer for the Drew Barrymore-led 1984 adaptation of the story.

Firestarter is a sci-fi horror-thriller first published in 1980 that follows a young girl gifted with a fiery superpower at birth after her parents were subject to top-secret government experiments designed to nurture psychic powers. Despite attempts at training her to keep her powers under the radar, the government catches wind and wants their investment back to use her as a weapon.

No further details are known about the project at this time, but you can bet we will keep you informed with all the latest right here on Dead Entertainment. Stay tuned for news and updates ahead!

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