Akin's "In the Fade" earned star Diane Kruger a Best Actress award at Cannes and won a Best Foreign Film Golden Globe. Previously, Akin won the Golden Bear at the Berlin Film Festival for his 2004 film "Head On."
Akiva Goldsman and Jason Blum of Blumhouse Productions will produce the new "Firestarter," based on a script by Scott Teems (of TV shows "Rectify" and "Narcos").
No cast has yet been announced: In the 1984 film, Drew Barrymore starred as the girl with pyrokinetic abilities. She's abducted by a secret government agency, headed by villains played by Martin Sheen and George C. Scott, who want to turn her into a weapon.
In other words, a lot like "Stranger Things" and Eleven, but with lots of fire instead of nose bleeds and Eggos.