by Stephen King
|Written by||Philip Eisner|
|Directed by||Robert Iscove|
|Music by||Randy Miller|
|Country of origin||United States|
|Editor||Casey O Rohns|
|Running time||168 minutes|
|Original network||Sci Fi Channel|
|Original release||March 10 –|
Firestarter: Rekindled (retitled Firestarter 2: Rekindled for home video) is a 2002 television miniseries and the sequel to the 1984 film adaptation of the 1980 Stephen King novel Firestarter. It stars Marguerite Moreau as now-adult Charlie McGee, Danny Nucci, Dennis Hopper, and Malcolm McDowell as Charlie's old nemesis from the original story, John Rainbird.
Vincent Sforza (Danny Nucci) works for a large, influential research firm, and he has been put in charge of locating several people who were part of an old experiment from the 1970s—an experiment in which a group of college students were given a dose of a chemical called LOT-6. Apparently, the victims of the experiment have won a class action lawsuit and need to be found so that a check can be issued. Included on the list is Charlene "Charlie" McGee (Marguerite Moreau), the offspring of two of the participants in the experiment.
When Charlie was a kid, her mother Vicky (Karrie Combs) was murdered by agents for the now-defunct Shop, the government department that wanted to harness her pyrokinesis as a military weapon, and her father Andy (Aaron Radl) was killed by John Rainbird, a professional killer hired by the Shop. Ever since then, Charlie has been in hiding to protect herself. Under an assumed name, she now works at a university library, where she secretly researches how to suppress her pyrokinetic abilities.
When Vincent finally locates Charlie, he unintentionally triggers a series of events with deadly consequences. It turns out that the class action lawsuit settlement is nonexistent. John Rainbird (Malcolm McDowell), thought to have been burned to death by Charlie, is still alive, scarred from the burns—and he is looking for Charlie, still obsessed with her. Rainbird has been using the nonexistent class action lawsuit to lure the original LOT-6 experiment's victims out of hiding, so they can be killed individually in order to keep things quiet.
James Richardson (Dennis Hopper), one of the victims of the LOT-6 experiment, helps Charlie, with the experiment having enabled him to tell the future. When Vincent discovers that he has been duped into luring Charlie back to Rainbird, he also decides to help Charlie.
John has been working on perfecting the LOT experiments, and has created six young boys with rather unusual abilities. One has the power of suggestion, another can sense truth and deception, two can move things with their minds, one has a destructive voice from Hell, and the most dangerous one of them all is an energy sink, someone who can suck the life and energy out of anyone or anything.
Rainbird is using these children to rob a bank as a test of warfare in the new decade. With Vincent and James on her side, Charlie must decide whether to keep running, or fight Rainbird to the end. Charlie chooses to fight to the end, and after Rainbird kills Vincent, Charlie kills Rainbird—right in front of his boys—by taking him into a fiery embrace, and literally turning him into a pile of ashes.
Charlie then engages the energy sink and uses her powers to destroy it, and the other boys realize that Charlie was being honest when she said that they become a little less human every time they use their abilities. Charlie, finally no longer needing to hide, later boards a bus to Canada.
- Marguerite Moreau as Charlene "Charlie" McGee
- Skye McCole Bartusiak as Young Charlie McGee
- Malcolm McDowell as John Rainbird
- Dennis Hopper as James Richardson
- Danny Nucci as Vincent Sforza
- John Dennis Johnston as Joel Lowen
- Darnell Williams as Gil
- Ron Perkins as Special Agent Pruitt
- Deborah Van Valkenburgh as Mary Conant
- Dan Byrd as Paul
- Travis Charitan as Cody
- Scotty Cox as Andrew
- Emmett Shoemaker as Edward
- Devon Alan as Max
- Eric Jacobs as Jack
- Aaron Radl as Andy McGee
- Karrie Combs as Vicky McGee
- Huddleston, Kathie (March 4, 2002). "Firestarter: Rekindled: Stephen King's incendiary tale lights the torch for a brand-new adventure of Charlie McGee". Science Fiction Weekly (SciFi.com). Archived from the original on February 11, 2003.
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