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Can Salem’s Lot and Firestarter bring Stephen King back to life at the box office?




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Can Salem’s Lot and Firestarter bring Stephen King back to life at the box office?
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Whether Dauberman can make King’s 400+ page novel and all its subplots work like a feature film, even a long, rather than a wider limited series, will be an interesting trick to pull off. Some cast members, including Lewis Pullman as Ben Mears, Makenzie Leigh as his lover Susan Norton, Bill Camp as local teacher Matt Burke, and Alfre Woodard as Dr. Cody, have already been announced, but give no idea where the film is running yet.

As regards fire starter, the book was published in 1981 and was warmly received at the time. King was at his early peak of commercial success and readers were eager to devour his next offering. Still, that story probably hasn’t retained the same resonance as Salem’s Lot. As the story of a little girl who can make fire with her mind (the result of drug experiments on her parents by a secret government agency), the book was King’s first open science fiction novel and reads more like a tech chase thriller than his last. supernatural work.

The 1984 film version, directed by Mark L. Lester (Class of 1984) contained an extremely faithful screenplay; with a smaller group of characters and its more streamlined, structured story, fire starter is perhaps more adaptable and linear than a huge tapestry of people and incidents like Salem’s Lot. But the film is so skillfully directed that the script never comes to life.

The cast is also problematic. After her breakthrough in ET: The AlienDrew Barrymore seemed like a no-brainer for the title role of little Charlie McGee. But Barrymore – apparently aware she was an “actor” – is overwrought and theatrical, becoming more annoying than sympathetic. David Keith is okay as her dad, while Art Carney and Louise Fletcher probably come out best as an elderly couple helping the McGees at a critical juncture.

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The most egregious casting is that of George C. Scott as John Rainbird, the shamanic Native American hitman who forms a disturbing bond with Charlie once she and her father are recaptured by the agency known only as the Shop. Aside from being ridiculous enough to cast Scott as an Indian, the relationship just doesn’t work on screen – Rainbird’s fascination with Charlie as an avatar of his own death in the novel just comes across as eerily bordering on child predation in the novel. novel. movie.

It will be interesting to see how producer Jason Blum, director Keith Thomas (the wake), and screenwriter Scott Teems (Halloween kills) are dealing with that relationship in their upcoming remake, but at least they’ve hired a First Nation actor, Michael Greyeyes, as Rainbird. Zac Efron is also a solid pick for Andy McGee, while Ryan Kiera Armstrong (Tomorrow’s War) has won the role of Charlie.

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