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New “FIRESTARTER,” scored by John Carpenter, gets release/Peacock date, trailer and poster

Wednesday, February 9, 2022 | News

By MICHAEL GINGOLD

The latest Stephen King adaptation will be burning up both big and small screens.

Universal and Blumhouse will release FIRESTARTER to theaters May 13, the same day it will begin streaming exclusively on Peacock. Directed by Keith Thomas (THE VIGIL) and scripted by Scott Teems (HALLOWEEN KILLS), it stars Zac Efron, Ryan Kiera Armstrong, Sydney Lemmon, Michael Greyeyes, Kurtwood Smith, John Beasley and Gloria Reuben, with a score by John Carpenter, Cody Carpenter and Daniel Davies. The synopsis: “For more than a decade, parents Andy [Efron] and Vicky [Lemmon] have been on the run, desperate to hide their daughter Charlie [Armstrong] 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 [Greyeyes] is deployed to hunt down the family and seize Charlie once and for all. Charlie has other plans.”

Michael Gingold
Michael Gingold (RUE MORGUE's Head Writer) has been covering the world of horror cinema for over three decades, and spent 28 years as a writer and editor for FANGORIA magazine and its website. In addition to RUE MORGUE, he currently writes for BIRTH.MOVIES.DEATH, SCREAM, IndieWire.com, TIME OUT, DELIRIUM and others. His book THE FRIGHTFEST GUIDE TO MONSTER MOVIES (FAB Press) is out this fall, and he has contributed liner notes and featurettes to a number of Blu-ray and DVD releases. Among his screenplay credits are SHADOW: DEAD RIOT and LEECHES!, and he is currently working on THE DOLL with director Dante Tomaselli.