Today Universal and Blumhouse unveiled the first teaser trailer for their remake to the 1984 Stephen King film Firestarter. The trailer revealed a lot of shocking differences from the original film, but the biggest take away was how the to studios planned to roll out the upcoming reimagining.
Even this late into the pandemic Blumhouse and Universal’s new movie adaptation of Stephen King’s Firestarter will still release simultaneously in theaters and on Peacock on May 13, 2022.
To us, this does not come as a shock due to the fact that back in October of 2021, Peacock managed to release Halloween Kills, the re-quel to the 2018 reboot to the 1978 horror classic in the same fashion. Raking in 131.6 Million world wide after simultaneous released in theaters and on the streaming platform, you have to wonder if both studios are confident that they can either do it again or possibly do even better.
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Stephen King’s 1980 book, Firestarter, which in 1984 was first adapted and starred a young Drew Barrymore. The new film, adapted by Scott Teems, follows a young girl named Charlie McGee (Ryan Kiera Armstrong) with pyrokinetic abilities who is abducted by a secret government agency that wants to harness her powerful gift as a weapon.
Zac Efron Also joins the cast as Charlie's Dad 'Andy McGee', along with Sydney Lemmon, Michael Greyeyes and Gloria Reuben.