This is one call you may want to return.
The Black Phone–one of this year’s horror hits with fan and critics–would seem to be ripe for a sequel, and director Scott Derrickson this week said talks have been held for just such a project.
Derrickson told comicbook.com that “there’s already a lot of conversation, a lot of pressure being put on it. The movie cost $18 million, and its going to ultimately make probably from $160 to $170 million worldwide. So they want another one. Of course, they do.”
Derrickson added that he has already had enlightening conversations with Joe Hill, who wrote the original short story upon which the film is based. “Joe Hill pitched me a wonderful idea for a sequel,” the filmmaker said. “He’s got a great idea–I really liked it. I was like, ‘That’s how you do a sequel to The Black Phone. That’s terrific’.”
The Black Phone–out now on digital, Blu-ray and DVD–was helmed by Derrickson from a screenplay by C. Robert Cargill, and stars Ethan Hawke as The Grabber and Mason Thames as young Finney Shaw–along with Madeleine McGraw, Jeremy Davies, James Ransone and E. Roger Mitchell.
In the film, Shaw is abducted by The Grabber and trapped in a soundproof basement. But, when a disconnected black phone starts to ring, the boy discovers he can hear the voices of the killer’s previous victims. And those voices “are dead-set on making sure what happened to them doesn’t happen to Finney.”
Keep reading Horror News Network for the latest on a possible sequel to The Black Phone.