Alongside his frequent collaborator Robert Cargill, Derrickson has adapted novelist Joe Hill’s short story ‘The Black Phone’ into a screenplay that, according to Cargill goes as follows: “A kidnapped kid. A creepy, soundproofed basement. An ancient, disconnected phone. Then, when night falls, the phone rings.”
Child actors Mason Thames (For All Mankind TV series) and Madeleine McGraw (The Harbinger; The Curse of la Llorona; Pacific Rim: Uprising) will headline the juvenile roles. On January 13th, it was announced that Jeremy Davies (Solaris) has joined the cast in an unspecified role.
Derrickson, Cargill and Jason Blum (of course) are co-producing the movie as Crooked Highway Productions. Joe Hill gets an executive producer credit. Universal and Blumhouse will release Black Phone in 2021.