Doctor Strange’s Scott Derrickson Adapting Joe Hill’s ‘Black Phone’

November 1, 2020

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Scott Derrickson, the filmmaker behind Doctor Strange and Sinister, is set to direct Black Phone for Blumhouse and Universal.


Derrickson, a frequent collaborator with Robert Cargill (Bermuda, Doctor Strange, Sinister) adapted the script based on a short story by Joe Hill.



Mason Thames (For All Mankind) and Madeleine McGraw (Toy Story 4, Secrets of Sulphur Springs) will star.

The Black Phone is one of Hill’s stories from his award-winning collection 20th Century Ghosts. Set in 1945, in the tale, John Finney finds himself locked in a blood-stained basement with half a dozen other murdered children. He discovers an antique phone, but it has long been disconnected. However, it still rings, when the dead call.

Derrickson, Cargill, and Jason Blum of Blumhouse are producing Black Phone, presented by Universal, Blumhouse, and Crooked Highway Productions. Joe Hill is serving as an executive producer.

Scott Derrickson is represented by WME, Brillstein Entertainment Partners, and Ziffren Brittenham. Robert Cargill is represented by WME and Brillstein Entertainment Partners.  Joe Hill is represented by Hotchkiss Daily & Associates and The Choate Agency. Mason Thames is represented by AKA Talent Agency, MC Talent Management, and Goodman, Genow, Schenkman, Smelkinson & Christopher. Madeleine McGraw is represented by Coast to Coast Talent Group, The Burstein Company, and Schreck Rose Dapello Adams Berlin & Dunham.

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