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New Adaptation of Stephen King's Firestarter in Works From Halloween Kills Writer

Director Keith Thomas caught up with Zavvi recently to promote his upcoming film The Vigil. Whilst discussing his latest film he also revealed that he is working on a brand new adaptation of Stephen King's Firestarter.

The book was originally adapted in 1984 with a young Drew Barrymore in the starring role. Thomas revealed he is working with Blumhouse on a new adaptation written by Halloween Kills co-writer Scott Teems.

"When Jason pitched it to me it was exciting, as that’s one of my favourite Stephen King novels, and whilst I really like the 1980’s film, I felt we could do something new. The screenplay is by Scott Teems who wrote the upcoming Halloween Kills, it’s an amazing script. It has everything you would want, people’s heads catching fire and their faces melting off, and a dad and daughter on the run trying to survive being chased in this heightened tense experience. We are hoping to film it this year, and it will be a lot of fun."

He also revealed that not only has King himself approved him as a director, but has also been helping out with the script.

"He watched The Vigil, approved me as director and he read the script from the early stages, and he’s very happy with it. He’s excited for it, he’s there the whole way."

More to follow.


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