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FIRESTARTER Gets The Reboot Treatment From De Laurentiis and Universal



Universal has teamed with Dino De Laurentiis Co. to reboot Stephen King‘s Firestarter.

The original film released in 1984 was about a girl who could start fires with her mind and starred Drew Barrymore. There were not any feature film sequels and the studio is planning on turning this reboot into a franchise.  
Mark L. Smith is working on script which is expected to be loosely based on the original book from Stephen King, but the main character is to be reinvented with a little more edge.  Production is expected to being next year and the film will soon be sent out to directors.
Martha De Laurentiis and Lorenzo De Maio will produce the film under the De Laurentiis Co. banner along with Steven Schneider‘s Room 101.
According to De Laurentis, 

“We see this as a unique, character-driven thriller with a supernatural edge, based on a timeless concept and enhanced by recent visual effects advances.”

This project was one of the last films that Dino De Laurentiis worked on before his death in November.
Universal’s president of production, Debbie Liebling, had this to say about the project,

“‘Firestarter’ has a great mythology and with Martha and Lorenzo’s vision we believe the franchise can be extended in a new and exciting direction.”

De Laurentiis Co. has a number of films in it’s production slate, including a reboot of Barbarella, a remake of another King adaptation, Maximum Overdrive and a new spin on 1980s TV actioner MacGyver.
Source: Variety
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