News broke today that Scott Derrickson is set to direct Black Phone for Blumhouse and Universal. Derrickson’s frequent collaborator, Robert Cargill, adapted the script with the director which is based on a short story by Joe Hill. Two names quickly became attached to the film as Mason Thames (For All Mankind) and Madeleine McGraw (Toy Story 4, Secrets of Sulphur Springs) have agreed to appear in the film.
The Black Phone was a short story from a book called 20th Century Ghosts, which was first published in October 2005 in the United Kingdom and released in October 2007 in the United States.
The story follows thirteen-year-old John Finney as he is kidnapped by a man named Al. Trapped in a basement room, the boy’s only hope may lie in a mysterious disconnected black phone hanging on the basement wall. The phone rings at night with the whispers of the kidnapper’s previous (and now dead) victims.
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