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This remake is a Firestarter, twisted Firestarter

12.14.2010

Hard to believe this hasn't already been done, but a remake of FIRESTARTER is starting to ignite.

Universal and the company of the late Dino De Laurentiis (who produced the original) are rebooting the franchise, based on the 1980 novel by Stephen King.

The book was turned into a 1984 film (from COMMANDO director Mark L. Lester) with young Drew Barrymore as a pyrokinetic, who along with her father goes on the run from a rogue government agency seeking to use her ability.

The update is expected to loosely follow the book, although the character will unsurprisingly be "reinvented with a little more edge" (maybe she'll be a stripper - that would be hot, a-hyuck!). Writer Mark L. Smith (VACANCY) is stoking the script.

The movie was previously sequelized as a 2002 Sci-Fi original miniseries called FIRESTARTER 2: REKINDLED, featuring Marguerite Moreau, Dennis Hopper and Malcolm McDowell.

Extra Tidbit: If you can discuss the book/movie without the Prodigy song filling your head, you're a stronger person than I am...
Source: Variety

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1:32AM on 12/15/2010
I'd be much more interested in a legitimate sequel (or even [link], with Drew Barrymore returning. It could be done in such a way that it could exist as stand alone film and be understood, but also as a sequel which fans of the original could appreciate.
I'd be much more interested in a legitimate sequel (or even [link], with Drew Barrymore returning. It could be done in such a way that it could exist as stand alone film and be understood, but also as a sequel which fans of the original could appreciate.
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3:10PM on 12/14/2010
Holy crap. A remake was announced and you guys didn't blindly attack it despite the fact that we know nothing about it so far and what little we do know could easily change. I'm proud of you guys.
Holy crap. A remake was announced and you guys didn't blindly attack it despite the fact that we know nothing about it so far and what little we do know could easily change. I'm proud of you guys.
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12:35AM on 12/15/2010
Mr. Oldman, Dont Give 'Em Too Much Credit. I Think The Distraction Of The Prodigy Song Just Made 'Em Forget To Judge It Blindly As Usual LoL
Mr. Oldman, Dont Give 'Em Too Much Credit. I Think The Distraction Of The Prodigy Song Just Made 'Em Forget To Judge It Blindly As Usual LoL
1:21PM on 12/14/2010

I can get behind a remake

I recently re-read the book, and I thought to myself that King should write a follow up with Charlie as a grown up. So if this is indeed the beginning of a franchise, then my wish might come true. Stay true to the book (Charlie was much more powerful in the book than the movie), and get a girl who can actually act. Drew Barrymore might be a fine actress now, but back then her "acting" was cringe-worthy.
I recently re-read the book, and I thought to myself that King should write a follow up with Charlie as a grown up. So if this is indeed the beginning of a franchise, then my wish might come true. Stay true to the book (Charlie was much more powerful in the book than the movie), and get a girl who can actually act. Drew Barrymore might be a fine actress now, but back then her "acting" was cringe-worthy.
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3:07PM on 12/14/2010
I always envisioned a King kids super team. Carrie, Firestarter chick, Dannie from the Shining, and I'm sure I'm missing someone else . . .
I always envisioned a King kids super team. Carrie, Firestarter chick, Dannie from the Shining, and I'm sure I'm missing someone else . . .
11:51AM on 12/14/2010
LoL at the Extra Tidbit! Before I even read that, the song started playing in my head. And for some reason I always get Breathe and Firestarter mixed up. So when it plays in my head, I have the lyrics of both song jumbled together, but it's playing over the Breathe beat.
LoL at the Extra Tidbit! Before I even read that, the song started playing in my head. And for some reason I always get Breathe and Firestarter mixed up. So when it plays in my head, I have the lyrics of both song jumbled together, but it's playing over the Breathe beat.
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11:01AM on 12/14/2010

Could be decent:

Chloe Moretz was the first name that came to my head also...
Chloe Moretz was the first name that came to my head also...
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8:36PM on 12/14/2010
Okay, if Chloe Moretz is involved, then I'll see it. :O)
Okay, if Chloe Moretz is involved, then I'll see it. :O)
9:27AM on 12/14/2010

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i bet chloe moretz's agent gets a call for this one...
i bet chloe moretz's agent gets a call for this one...
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8:39AM on 12/14/2010
Of course I don't like the idea of it "loosely" following the book and this reinvented, edgier girl . . .
Of course I don't like the idea of it "loosely" following the book and this reinvented, edgier girl . . .
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8:37AM on 12/14/2010
Any doubters should reread the book. A MUCH better film version is possible . . .
Any doubters should reread the book. A MUCH better film version is possible . . .
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7:39AM on 12/14/2010

Really?

Wow, what a great idea. Remaking another Hollywood movie. There are so many books out there that would make interesting movies. *claps hands* Way to go Hollywood.
Wow, what a great idea. Remaking another Hollywood movie. There are so many books out there that would make interesting movies. *claps hands* Way to go Hollywood.
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4:00AM on 12/14/2010
Wouldn't mind seeing this get remade I suppose...I'd also like to see Christine get an update as well.
Wouldn't mind seeing this get remade I suppose...I'd also like to see Christine get an update as well.
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2:37AM on 12/14/2010
I just watched Firestarter a couple weeks ago, and it does not hold up very well. So I am all for the remake, for now.
I just watched Firestarter a couple weeks ago, and it does not hold up very well. So I am all for the remake, for now.
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2:22AM on 12/14/2010
The original is a pretty decent flick. But a lot of that has to do with the weird creepiness that 80's sci-fi/horror flicks manage to exude. I'm not saying it can't be done today but, in my humble opinion, it's going to be a uphill battle to top little Drew Barrymore launching giant fireballs with her mind while Tangerine Dream plays in the background.
The original is a pretty decent flick. But a lot of that has to do with the weird creepiness that 80's sci-fi/horror flicks manage to exude. I'm not saying it can't be done today but, in my humble opinion, it's going to be a uphill battle to top little Drew Barrymore launching giant fireballs with her mind while Tangerine Dream plays in the background.
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1:27AM on 12/14/2010

What's the most resilient parasite?

The idea of Prodigy's "Firestarter" will always be in my mind.
The idea of Prodigy's "Firestarter" will always be in my mind.
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1:01AM on 12/14/2010
The original is very good, but not a masterpiece, so I'm not too opposed to this.
The original is very good, but not a masterpiece, so I'm not too opposed to this.
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12:42AM on 12/14/2010

Burning down the House

there is nothing wrong with the original but nothing great either. and how do you make a 10yr old edgy? i got it, cast elle fanning, have her smoke pot and listen to NOFX. That'll draw in the crowds
there is nothing wrong with the original but nothing great either. and how do you make a 10yr old edgy? i got it, cast elle fanning, have her smoke pot and listen to NOFX. That'll draw in the crowds
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12:02PM on 12/14/2010
Elle Fanning you say?..... hmmmmm... you know what......
Elle Fanning you say?..... hmmmmm... you know what......
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