Universal has teamed up with Stephen King to make a new version of 1984 horror movie Firestarter.
The studio has paired up with Dino De Laurentiis Co. in order to remake the movie, based on King’s book of the same name, into a new “franchise property”, reports Variety.
“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,” said Martha De Laurentiis, chairman of De Laurentiis Co.
The movie was apparently one of the last projects of prolific producer Dino De Laurentiis, famous for his work on Hannibal and Dune.
Vacancy writer Mark L. Smith will handle script duties for the remake of the 1984 movie, which starred a young Drew Barrymore as Charlie McGee, a girl with pyrokinetic powers on the run from a government agency.