So far Netflix has an impressive track record with Stephen King’s adaptations. In 2017, the streaming service premiered Mike Flanagan’s Gerald’s game (one of the best King films of all time), followed by Vincenzo Natali’s In the tall grass in 2019. Now hopefully the legacy will expand further with the release of John Lee Hancock’s Mr. Harrigan’s phone – which just launched its debut trailer online.
Written and directed by Hancock, Mr. Harrigan’s phone is based on the Stephen King novel of the same name, published in the 2020 collection If it bleeds (it’s the first story in that book to have an adaptation). The first images of the film arrived in late August, the day after the release date was announced, and now this preview provides our first look at the film’s filming.
Mr. Harrigan’s phone centers on Craig (Jaeden Martell), a teenager living in a small town in Maine who finds a part-time job as an assistant to a wealthy and elderly neighbor named Mr. Harrigan (Donald Sutherland). They end up forming a close bond incredibly quickly, and while Craig initially thinks their relationship is over when Harrigan dies unexpectedly, their connection continues through an iPhone that the protagonist purchases as a gift for his friend and leaves in the coffin of the. man during the funeral.
The Netflix movie is supposed to be a mix of supernatural horror story and coming-of-age drama, both of which are equally important in the novel.
In addition to Jaeden Martell and Donald Sutherland, both veterans who starred in Stephen King’s adaptations, having respectively starred in IT and 2004 Salem lot miniseries – Mr. Harrigan’s phone also starring Kirby Howell-Baptiste (as Craig’s teacher, Mrs. Hart) and Joe Tippett (as Craig’s father).
This will be Stephen King’s second film to be released in 2022, after a few months by Keith Thomas’ Fire starter hit theaters and on Peacock last May (Gary Dauberman’s Salem lot was due to premiere this fall, but is not expected to come out now until at least 2023). The film has already received a good deal of positive enthusiasm from King himself, as the author got to see an early cut of the feature film and tweeted in early August that the film is “brilliant to say the least.”
Mr. Harrigan’s phone will be available to stream starting October 5, one of many exciting Netflix movies coming in store for the final months of 2022. Our upcoming Stephen King TV & Movie Guide is regularly updated with the latest project development news and my weekly adaptation Stephen King’s column publishes every Wednesday and dives into the dozens of movies, miniseries and shows that have debuted since the 1970s.