Zac Efron to Star in 'Firestarter' Adaptation from Blumhouse, Universal

Zac Efron
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Keith Thomas will direct.

Zac Efron will star in Universal and Blumhouse's adaptation of Firestarter.

The 1980 Stephen King book, which will be adapted by Scott Teems, follows a young girl with pyrokinetic abilities who is abducted by a secret government agency that wants to harness her powerful gift as a weapon. (The 1984 adaptation of Firestarter starred a young Drew Barrymore.)

Keith Thomas will direct the film, which will be produced by Jason Blum and Akiva Goldsman, who previously teamed on the Paranormal Activity franchise. Martha De Laurentiis, who was an associate producer on the 1984 feature, will executive produce.

Efron, repped by CAA, Alchemy, Viewpoint and Felker Toczek, was most recently seen in docuseries Down to Earth on Netflix.