Over the weekend, moviegoers in theaters and viewers at house watching Peacock bought a contemporary style of Stephen King’s Firestarter, due to a brand new adaptation helmed by director Keith Thomas (The Vigil). Although the movie shares loads of structural and character DNA with King’s unique novel, this Firestarter additionally took a number of key liberties with the story, together with opening the door for a sequel in ways in which the unique guide did not.
So, is Firestarter 2 potential? Thomas thinks so, and he left clues embedded within the movie to recommend it.
**Spoilers for Firestarter forward.**
In each King’s unique novel and the unique movie adaptation in 1984, John Rainbird and the pyrokinetic younger lady Charlie McGee have a sophisticated relationship. Rainbird is tasked not simply with capturing Charlie, however with luring her powers out for the higher-ups at The Store to see and examine, which he does partially by disguising himself as a janitor on the facility and profitable her belief. The bond they create, pushed by Rainbird’s personal creepy obsession with the lady, is advanced and fascinating, however regardless of the connection they make, Charlie finally learns Rainbird’s true killer nature. By the tip of the novel, she’s killed him within the strategy of burning The Store down, and units out on her personal to inform her story to the world.
Thomas’ movie, with a script by Scott Teems, makes a number of key adjustments to this relationship, and it begins with making Rainbird (Michael Greyeyes) himself a sort of graduate of The Store. He is a employed hunter they use to deliver individuals in, however he additionally has some sort of latent psychic skills of his personal, and he appears to sense one thing about what Charlie (Ryan Kiera Armstrong) is able to, even earlier than she does, that precognitively suggests the movie’s fiery ending. Talking to Bloody Disgusting’s Boo Crew podcast, Thomas confirmed some model of that psychic talent, and even revealed an Easter egg that factors to it within the movie.
“What’s fascinating is… with out making a gift of any spoilers… within the sequence of Rainbird’s condominium… there’s a drafting board that’s arrange the place he’s bought all these sketches that he’s drawn,” Thomas stated. “For those who had been to freeze body on that drafting board, you’d see the remainder of the movie. And pictures from it. So it’s clear that there’s loads of suggestion right here [about] what Rainbird’s as much as and able to. And with the intention to get that proper, we had to determine… the place does this story go after this Firestarter?”
For those who return and freeze body the sequence Thomas refers to, you’ll be able to certainly see the ending he devised that departs from King’s unique novel, during which Rainbird finally ends up saving Charlie from brokers of The Store and carrying her out of the power because it burns. There’s clearly some sort of still-unspoken bond between the 2 of them, anchored within the methods during which The Store modified each their lives, and the movie ends with the 2 of them escaping collectively. Although Thomas did not spill any main particulars about the place his explorations of the subsequent chapter would possibly go, he did trace that there is sufficient materials there to forge forward with a possible Firestarter 2.
“Who is aware of if there’ll ever be a sequel or something like that. However we needed to recommend a a lot bigger journey forward,” Thomas stated.
As Thomas stated, it is exhausting to inform if Firestarter would possibly get a direct sequel, however the door’s positively open for one. Within the meantime, for those who’re excited about seeing how a unique model of Firestarter ended up with a sequel, you’ll be able to try the Firestarter: Rekindled miniseries from 2002, which can also be streaming on Peacock.