Scott Derrickson (Doctor Strange) has been hired to direct a horror film titled Black Phone for Blumhouse and Universal. He will also write the film alongside longtime collaborator Robert Cargill, while Mason Thames (For All Mankind) and Madeleine McGraw (Toy Story 4) are already attached to star.
The film is based on the novella The Black Phone by Joe Hill. It revolves around a bizarre cast of characters, including a woman who knows everything about every film ever made who also happens to be dead, a lonely boy who’s also inflatable, a man who used to be human but is now an eight-foot-tall locust, and someone locked in a blood-stained basement with a phone dead people call.
That’s certainly…something. Would you expect anything else from the son of Stephen King? It’s hard to fathom how all this has already fit into a novella, let alone how Derrickson will adapt it all into a movie. Either way, the final product will probably be something to behold one way or another.
Derrickson has plenty of experience in horror, having helmed The Exorcism Of Emily Rose and Sinister. And Doctor Strange was one of the more visually unique Marvel films, so hopefully he can bring the same kind of imagination to this project, and if so, probably give us all nightmares.