Back in September, we reported that a new adaptation from Universal of Stephen King’s iconic novel Firestarter was on its way. Things have been quiet for a few months, but today we have an update that confirms the movie is moving along.
We’ve learned today that “True Detective” actor Michael Greyeyes (Wild Indian, Rutherford Falls) has been cast in the role of Rainbird, a powerful man who has been pushed into a violent life.
The story centers on a young girl develops pyrokinetic abilities and is abducted by a secret government agency that wants to harness her powerful gift as a weapon.
Firestarter will be directed by Keith Thomas whose incredible genre film The Vigil will be released this month. Scott Teems (Halloween Kills) will be both writing and executive producing. Martha De Laurentiis who served as an associate producer for the 1984 film that starred Drew Barrymore will also executive produce. Jason Blum and Academy Award-winner Akiva Goldsman are serving as producers.
Greyeyes, who is a member of the tribe of Plains Cree from the Muskeg Lake First Nation in Saskatchewan, received rave reviews from critics for his portrayal of “Makwa/Michael” in Wild Indian, the feature debut of writer-director Lyle Mitchell Corbine Jr. which premiered at 2021’s Sundance Film Festival. This Spring, Greyeyes will star opposite Ed Holmes in Peacock’s new comedy series “Rutherford Falls,” created and executive produced by Helms, Mike Schur (“Parks and Recreation,” “The Good Place”), and Sierra Teller Ornelas. The series is set in a small town in upstate New York and the Native American reservation it borders. Additionally, he will return for the second season of the Apple+ Original mystery drama series “Home Before Dark,” which was renewed for a second season before the first season aired
The new adaptation is from Universal, Blumhouse, and Weed Road Pictures.