This summer, Stephen King fans got some really tough news. While writer/director Gary Dauberman Salem Bundle (based on King’s book of the same name) was slated to be released in time for this year’s Halloween season, the film was first pushed back to April 2023 and then pulled from the 2023 film release schedule entirely. always to see what Warner Bros. decides to make do with the film – but for now Constant Readers can be excited as Netflix has announced the release date for what will now be Stephen King’s next adaptation: John Lee Hancock. Mr. Harrigan’s phone.
Netflix has announced the official release dates for all of its movies that are slated for release by the end of December, and which will release between big titles like Blond, Enola Holmes 2 and Glass onion: a mystery at loggerheads is Mr. Harrigan’s phone. The film, starring THISby Jaden Martell and Donald Sutherland, will arrive on the subscription streaming service on October 5.
Mr. Harrigan’s phone is based on the short story of the same name, which features in Stephen King’s 2020 omnibus If it bleeds. The story centers on a teenager named Craig (Jaeden Martell), who lives in a small town called Harlow, Maine. He gets a part-time job helping his wealthy, elderly neighbor — the titular Mr. Harrigan (Donald Sutherland) — and the two strike up a deep friendship. Harrigan celebrates their friendship by sending Craig a lottery ticket four times during the year, and when the protagonist wins a lot of money from one of the scratchers, he uses some of it to buy his first iPhone from his employer. .
Harrigan is fascinated by the device, and his relationship with the machine becomes supernatural after his death. In his grief, Craig continues to text the old man after he’s in his grave, and Harrigan ends up doing more than just texting back.
Mr. Harrigan’s Phone Features a Stellar Cast this also includes Joe Tippett as Craig’s father and Kirby Howell-Baptiste as Mrs. Hargensen, Craig’s teacher.
This will be the third time a Stephen King adaptation has been produced exclusively on Netflix. The streaming service previously produced Mike Flanagan’s brilliant Gerald’s game (one of Stephen King’s greatest films of all time) in 2017, and in 2019 fans were treated to Vincenzo Natali In the tall grassbased on the short story of the same name by King and his son, Joe Hill.
Stephen King teased that he saw a first cut of Mr. Harrigan’s phone early August, and he praised the film, calling it “nothing less than brilliant”. It certainly raised our hopes given the high caliber of King adaptations we’ve seen over the years.
You can keep track of all the adaptations that are currently in the works with our guide to upcoming Stephen King movies and TV, and you can read more about the long history of projects on the big and small screen via my Stephen King Adaptation column. , which posts here on CinemaBlend every Wednesday.