Original Australian Daybill movie poster. Firestarter is a 1984 American science fiction thriller film based on Stephen King's 1980 novel Firestarter. The plot concerns a young girl who develops pyrokinesis and the secret government agency known as The Shop which seeks to control her. The film was directed by Mark L. Lester, and stars David Keith, Drew Barrymore, Martin Sheen and George C. Scott. The film was shot in and around Wilmington, Chimney Rock, and Lake Lure, North Carolina.