The new adaptation of director Keith Thomas for Firestarter is now available in theaters and on Peacock today, with the apt date of Friday 13; Ryan Kiera Armstrong is in the role of Charlie McGee, who was first seen by a young Drew Barrymore in 1984, and Zac Efron as her protect father on the run.
Although the new adaptation does not get the best initial criticism from critics, it has at least one fan in Stephen King''s master of horror.
King was asked about the 1984 adaptation when it came to Vanity Fair''s screening on Friday. Although he previously expressed mixed feelings, he admitted that hes improved with time. But he also explained why he feels the new adaptation works better than the original.
David Keith is a much better person than Andy McGee [in the 1984 film], and Zac Efron is a fan of this movie. He shows me how effective and confident he is. In the first Firestarter movie there is a lot of, Oh, Charlie, everything will be gone. Theres nothing that raises my hackle so much as lying to a child. I think Zac Efron did a wonderful job. It''s a really grown-up component. He did it.
This is not the first time King has praised the 2022 Firestarter, to the delight of Efron, who considers him to be a personal hero. Thats great that means the world to me. When Efron learned that King was a fan, he did liked the film. Alright! My days made!