Announced last month, a feature film adaptation of one of the stories featured in Stephen King‘s collection If It Bleeds, titled Mr. Harrigan’s Phone, is currently in the works at Netflix, being developed by “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.”
Deadline reports today that Colin O’Brien (Wonka, The Mothership) and Cyrus Arnold (8-Bit Christmas, Just Beyond) have also signed on. Deadline notes, “O’Brien will play the role of Young Craig, with Arnold as Craig’s antagonist, Kenny Yankovich.”
Expect Mr. Harrigan’s Phone sometime in 2022.
“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.”