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

Wednesday, February 9, 2022 | News


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 in addition to his work for RUE MORGUE, he has been a longtime writer and editor for FANGORIA magazine and its website. He has also written for BIRTH.MOVIES.DEATH, SCREAM,, TIME OUT, DELIRIUM, MOVIEMAKER and others. He is the author of the AD NAUSEAM books (1984 Publishing) and THE FRIGHTFEST GUIDE TO MONSTER MOVIES (FAB Press), and he has contributed documentaries, featurettes and liner notes to numerous Blu-rays, including the award-winning feature-length doc TWISTED TALE: THE UNMAKING OF "SPOOKIES" (Vinegar Syndrome).