At this point there's a screenwriter on board and a few changes are definitely afoot, but it certainly looks like we'll have a new version of the 1984 movie 'Firestarter' relatively soon. Variety reports that the De Laurentiis Company is actively moving forward on this reboot (which is intended to kick-start a new franchise, apparently) and to that end the've tapped screenwriter Mark L. Smith ('Vacancy', 'The Hole') to "loosely" adapt the Stephen King novel and give the lead character "a little more edge."
Apparently the production company is keeping plot details under wraps, which is a little weird considering we've all read the book and seen the movie, but hey, whatever adds a little new spice to yet another '80s horror film remake. Martha De Laurentiis had this to say: "We see this as a unique, character-driven thriller with a supernatural edge, based on a timeless concept and enhanced by recent visual effects advances." In other words: the new lead will be a teenager and we can expect lots of fireballs of the CG variety.
The remake will have to work pretty hard to match the bizarre ensemble of the original film: Drew Barrymore, George C. Scott, Martin Sheen, Heather Locklear, Art Carney, David Keith, Louise Fletcher, and Freddie Jones starred in the 1984 version. Seriously!