Scott Derrickson to adapt and direct Joe Hill novella, Black Phone

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Scott Derrickson will be re-teaming with Blumhouse to helm the adaptation of Joe Hill’s chilling story Black Phone.

Scott Derrickson, director of Marvel’s Doctor Strange and the spooky Sinister, is teaming with Blumhouse and Universal for Black Phone. It’s an adaptation of the Joe Hill novella, reports Deadline.

Black Phone is a story about a kidnapped child, whose only means of communication whilst trapped in a cellar is via a long-disconnected, antique telephone.

The Sinister franchise, which Derrickson has written and produced – despite not directing the sequel – has enduring popularity. Black Phone will mark Derrickson’s resumption of his partnership with Blumhouse, with whom he made the Sinister films.

It also looks like Joe Hill has leaped in front of his father in the line to have a book adapted by Derrickson too. The director was talking a few years ago about adapting Stephen King’s short story The Breathing Method, for the big screen, but it seems that instead it’s King’s son, Joe Hill, who will be seeing Derrickson adapt his work first.

Interestingly, Hill himself was on Mick Garris’ podcast last week where he revealed that he might be tempted to direct himself… but only if it was a remake of his father’s first and last attempt at helming a movie, 1986’s Maximum Overdrive. Whether any studio is willing to take a punt on that one remains to be seen.

More news on Black Phone as we have it.

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