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Keith Thomas to Direct ‘Firestarter’ Reboot for Universal

Keith Thomas will direct Universal Pictures, Blumhouse Productions and Weed Road Productions adaptation of Stephen King’s traditional sci-fi thriller novel “Firestarter,” a person with data of the venture tells TheWrap.

Screenwriter Scott Teems (“Halloween Kills”) is adapting. Jason Blum and Akiva Goldsman will produce. Martha De Laurentiis, who was an affiliate producer on the 1984 adaptation of “Firestarter” starring a younger Drew Barrymore, will govt produce. “Firestarter” reunites Goldsman and Blum for the third time following the “Paranormal Activity” franchise and “Stephanie.”

“Firestarter” facilities on a younger lady who develops pyrokinetic talents and is kidnapped by a secret authorities company that wishes to harness her highly effective present as a weapon.

Thomas directed the supernatural horror movie, “The Vigil,” from BoulderLight producers JD Lifshitz and Raphael Margules, that was lately acquired by Blumhouse within the US. The movie premiered to sturdy critiques on the Toronto International Film Festival’s Midnight Madness part and was additionally the closing movie of the Sitges International Fantastic Film Festival of Catalonia earlier this fall.

Steeped in historic lore and demonology, “The Vigil” is a supernatural horror movie set over the course of a single night in Brooklyn’s Hasidic Borough Park neighborhood. Low on funds and having lately left his insular spiritual group, a person reluctantly accepts a suggestion to tackle the duty of an in a single day “shomer,” fulfilling the Jewish observe of watching over the physique of a deceased group member. Shortly after arriving on the lately departed’s dilapidated home to sit down the vigil, the person begins to understand that one thing could be very, very mistaken.

“Every once in a while you see a film that grasps and shakes you,” mentioned Blum in an announcement to TheWrap. “‘The Vigil’ did that for us, and we were eager to be a part of the film and to work with Keith and the BoulderLIght team.”

Thomas is represented by CAA Antonio D’Intino at Circle of Confusion and Peter Sample at Jackoway Tyerman.

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