Mr. Harrigan's Phone is a new Blumhouse film coming from director John Lee Hancock next year, based on the short story by Stephen King. Blumhouse and Ryan Murphy are producing the film, starring Donald Sutherland and Jaeden Martell. They have just added Kirby Howell-Baptiste to the cast as well. She will be playing a teacher. Netflix is putting this one out, continuing a long line of releases of the author's works on the streamer. The news of the film was revealed at this year's BlumFest, which took place earlier this month. Production will begin shortly with an eye to release in 2022.
Mr. Harrigan's Phone Is One Of The Better Recent King Shorts
"Mr. Harrigan's Phone is from the latest collection of novellas "If It Bleeds" from Stephen King, about a young boy "Craig," living in a small town, who befriends an older, reclusive billionaire "Mr. Harrigan." The two form a bond over books and an iPhone, but when the man passes away, the boy discovers that not everything dead is gone and finds himself able to communicate with his friend from the grave through the iPhone that was buried with him. Producers on the film include Jason Blum, Ryan Murphy, and Carla Hacken. Executive Producers for Blumhouse Television include Chris McCumber and Jeremy Gold, and Scott Greenberg."
This sounds right up Ryan Murphy's alley, to be honest. This is part of the prolific producer's overall deal with Netflix and will afford him to lean into the spooky again without the American Horror Story name attached to it. While I ended up not a fan of the second half of The Little Things, Hancock for sure knows how to set a mood and tone for a film, and his character work in the first half of that film was excellent. Hopefully, we can follow along on the development of this one, as Mr. Harrigan's Phone goes into production next month for a 2022 release on Netflix.