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Stephen King Explains Why He Thinks New ‘Firestarter’ Adaptation Works Better Than 1984 Movie

May 14, 2022

New Fire starter Director Keith Thomas’ adaptation was released in theaters and on Peacock today, on the appropriate date of Friday the 13th. The film stars child actress Ryan Kiera Armstrong as Charlie McGee, portrayed for the first time by a young Drew Barrymore in 1984, and Zac Efron as his runaway protective father, Andy McGee.

And while the new adaptation isn’t exactly getting the best initial reception from critics, it does have at least one fan of horror master Stephen King, who penned the 1980 novel.

By speaking with vanity lounge in an interview that aired in tandem with the premiere on Friday, King was asked about the 1984 adaptation. The 74-year-old author had previously expressed mixed feelings but admits he’s mellowed over time. And although he says he “doesn’t mean anything bad about anyone” and “mostly keeps his mouth shut” when it comes to criticizing adaptations of his books, he explained why he thinks that the new adaptation works better than the original.

“If you compare David Keith to Andy McGee [in the 1984 film] and Zac Efron [in the new Firestarter], I think Efron wins the battle because he seems a lot smarter and he lies a lot less to the kid too. In the original version Fire starter movie there’s a lot of, ‘Oh, Charlie, it’s going to be okay.’ There’s nothing that makes me cringe like lying to a child. This character, this iteration of Andy McGee, doesn’t do that. I think Zac Efron did a terrific job. It’s a very grown-up part. And he succeeded. »

This isn’t the first time King has praised 2022 Fire starter, much to the delight of Efron, who considers the author a personal hero. “It’s great – it means the world to me. I hadn’t heard that yet,” Efron previously said upon learning that King was a fan. “He liked the movie? It’s awesome. Very well. My day is done!

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