Well, as the original Charlie is now old enough to have her own little Charlies? I guess I’ll allow this remake. Especially as it’s from the folks who gave us that awesome Invisible Man redo. Synopsis!
In a new adaptation of Stephen King’s classic thriller from the producers of The Invisible Man, a girl with extraordinary pyrokinetic powers fights to protect her family and herself from sinister forces that seek to capture and control her.
For more than a decade, parents Andy and Vicky have been on the run, desperate to hide their daughter Charlie 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 is deployed to hunt down the family and seize Charlie once and for all. Charlie has other plans.
Loved Efron in Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile, so I’m looking forward to seeing more of his dramatic chops. And though they’ve aged up Charlie to a tweenager, Ryan Kiera Armstrong looks like a worthy successor to Drew Barrymore.
Firestarter – In Theaters and Streaming only on Peacock May 13, 2022.