Author Stephen King is full of praise for the upcoming film adaptation Mr. Harrigan’s phonea short story from his collection when it bleeds. King remains as popular as ever, with several of his works in active development, including the newly announced adaptation of The Regulators by Bohemia Group and writer George Cowan. Others include film adaptations of The black man, Salem’s Lot, revival, and several TV miniseries. King’s stories have historically been hugely popular with fans who enjoy horror, sci-fi and dark fantasy, generating impressive streaming numbers and box office receipts when they hit theaters.
While King’s standalone novels generate the most interest when adapted for the screen, several short stories have become successful and celebrated projects. children of the corn, 1408, The Night Flyerand 1922 are just a few examples of such films, especially from older King collections such as night shift and Nightmares & Dreamscapes. His latest collection of novellas will be published in July 2020, when it bleeds, collected multiple option trades to customize the stories. The first will be Mr. Harrigan’s phone, produced for Netflix by Jason Blum and Ryan Murphy. The plot revolves around a young man who interacts with his older friend’s ghost via an iPhone.
king states that the film adaptation of Mr. Harrigan’s Phone is slated for release this fall and that he saw the “nearly finished” edit by writer-director John Lee Hancock (The Little Things) and called it “downright brilliant”. He points out cast members Donald Sutherland and Jaeden Martell playing Mr. Harrigan and Craig, respectively. Check out the post below:
I saw an almost finished cut from MR. HARRIGAN’S PHONE, written and directed by John Lee Hancock, and it’s brilliant. Donald Sutherland, Jaeden Martell. Netflix. This autumn.
— Stephen King (@StephenKing) August 12, 2022
To call the film brilliant is high praise for the author, who has unabashedly criticized other adaptations of his work, particularly Stanley Kubrick’s interpretation The glow. Hancock’s previous work includes The beginner, The blind sideand Save Mr BanksHighlighting his experience directing dramas about human relationships, a central theme of Mr. Harrigan’s phone. King should also be familiar with Sutherland and Martell – the former played the lead role of Richard Straker in the 2004 remake of his classic novel, Salem’s Lotand Martell played young Bill Denbrough in 2017 IT.
Fall should be the perfect time for this Mr. Harrigan’s phone to be released on Netflix due to its supernatural tone, although the story contains fewer visceral horror elements than fans would expect from a classic King tale pet cemetery or Cujo. Most likely, Hancock will bring his humanistic approach to the core duo of Mr. Harrigan and Craig, bringing aspects of supernatural horror and fantasy, as in the forthcoming adaptation of The talisman. King’s positive words should still resonate with potential viewers who appreciate his cachet, likely indicating that Hancock’s adaptation of Mr. Harrigan’s phone is well executed as a film and a faithful interpretation of its novella.