Stephen King’s movie hits theaters same day on Peacock

In today’s world, simultaneous day and date releases of movies in theaters and on streaming services have become an industry standard. Now it seems like Fire starter is the latest film to receive the day and date treatment. The Blumhouse film, based on the novel of the same name by Stephen Kinghits theaters and on Peacock on May 13.

Fire starter is a sci-fi horror thriller that tells the story of a young girl with pyrokinetic powers who is on the run with her family, trying to evade a mysterious government agency that wants to capture her and use her powers as a armed. The novel was previously adapted into a film in 1984, starring Drew Barrymoreand a made-for-TV sequel was made in 2002. This new adaptation stars Ryan Kiera Armstrong like the girl with extraordinary powers, with Zac Efron and Sydney lemon like his parents, and Kurtwood Smith, John Beasleyand Gloria Ruben in supporting roles.


Fire starter will be Universal’s fourth film to get a day-and-date release on Peacock, alongside the Baby Boss: Family Business, halloween kills, and the next romantic comedy Marry me. The film is directed by Keith Thomaswith a screenplay adapted from King’s novel by Scott Teems, and is produced by Jason Blum for Blumhouse and Akiva Goldman for Weed Road Pictures, as well as Ryan Turek, Gregory Lessans, Scott Teems, Martha De Laurentiis, JD Lifshitzand Raphael Margules.

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It’s certainly an exciting time for King fans, with his expansive work receiving more adaptations than ever. In recent years, there have been adaptations of the stranger featuring Ben Mendelsohn, The stall featuring Alexander Skarsgardand Chapelwaitean adaptation of Jerusalem lot featuring Adrian Brodyamong many others. Fire starter is just the next adaptation of King’s work to come to the public, with countless more on the way. Recently it was announced that lucy liu would be appearing in an adaptation of his novel Laterthis Sophie Thatcher and Chris Messina would play in The bogeymanbased on his short story of the same name, and an adaptation of Mr. Harrigan’s phone will play Donald Sutherland and Jaeden Martell.

Fire starter hits theaters and Peacock on May 13.

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