Universal Pictures just gave us our first look at the new Firestarter film with a sizzling new poster and a hot new full length trailer.
Whenever we hear that a new Stephen King adaptation is in the works, our first reaction is excitement, which quickly gives way to apprehension. The "IT" films, while good in their own right, fell a little flat in the execution (I mean, those are some pretty big clown shoes to fill). Also, the new Pet Sematary, while highly reviewed on this site, was poorly received by fans of the original. Well, I think we've finally hit pay dirt with the new Blumhouse film, Firestarter.
The new film, based on the Stephen King novel and 1984 film of the same name, is set for release on May 13 and will star Zac Efron, Gloria Reuben, Sydney Lemmon, and Ryan Kiera Armstrong in the title role.
The trailer, in my humble opinion, looked fantastic!!! The film follows the original narrative in which a young girl tries to understand how she mysteriously gained the power to set things on fire with her mind. Firestarter is written by Scott Teems (Halloween Kills) and is directed by Keith Thomas (The Vigil).
The trailer shows young Charlie McGee as she struggles with her new powers as they grow bigger and bigger. One of my favorite moments of the trailer is when Kurtwood Smith says that she one day may be able to set off a nuclear size explosion, and shortly thereafter we see McGee say she "likes it". Genuinely creepy stuff from the studio that brought you The Invisible Man as well as some of the best indie horror to hit theaters in the past decade.
Here's the full plot synopsis:
In a new adaptation of Stephen King’s classic thriller from the producers of The Invisible Man, a girl with extraordinary pyrokinetic powers fights to protect her family and herself from sinister forces that seek to capture and control her.
For more than a decade, parents Andy (Zac Efron; Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile; The Greatest Showman) and Vicky (Sydney Lemmon; Fear the Walking Dead, Succession) have been on the run, desperate to hide their daughter Charlie (Ryan Kiera Armstrong; American Horror Story: Double Feature, The Tomorrow War) from a shadowy federal agency that wants to harness her unprecedented gift for creating fire into a weapon of mass destruction.
Andy has taught Charlie how to defuse her power, which is triggered by anger or pain. But as Charlie turns 11, the fire becomes harder and harder to control. After an incident reveals the family’s location, a mysterious operative (Michael Greyeyes; Wild Indian, Rutherford Falls) is deployed to hunt down the family and seize Charlie once and for all. Charlie has other plans.
We were also treated to a very 1980's reminiscent movie poster featuring Charlie McGee looking extremely Drew Barrymore.
But enough about what we thought of the trailer, what did you think? Sound off in the comments section and let us know.