‘Mr. Harrigan’s Phone’ – Stephen King Says Netflix Adaptation Turned Out “Brilliant”

An adaptation of one of the stories featured in Stephen King‘s recent four-novella collection If It Bleeds (2020), the feature film Mr. Harrigan’s Phone is headed to Netflix this fall, and Stephen King himself has provided an exciting tease over on Twitter this morning.

King tweets, “I have seen a close-to-finished cut of Mr. Harrigan’s Phone, written and directed by John Lee Hancock, and it’s nothing short of brilliant.”

The upcoming movie comes from “American Horror Story” creator Ryan Murphy and Blumhouse, with John Lee Hancock (The Blind Side) writing and directing the adaptation.

Donald Sutherland and Jaeden Martell (IT) will star. Sutherland will star in the title role of “Mr. Harrigan,” we’ve learned, with Martell in the role of “Craig.”

And as we learned more recently, Kirby Howell-Baptiste (“Barry,” “Killing Eve”) has joined the cast. “Howell-Baptiste will play Craig’s caring and concerned teacher, Ms. Hart.”

Mr. Harrigan’s Phone is from the latest collection of novellas “If It Bleeds” from Stephen King, about a young boy named 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.”

Mr. Harrigan’s Phone is rated “PG-13” for “thematical material, some strong language, violent content, and brief drug material.”

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