Netflix has released a slew of photos revealing our first look at Mr. Harrington’s Phone, an all-new film based on the original short story by Stephen King. As previously announced, the film co-stars Donald Sutherland Y Jaeden Martell in the leading roles. Our first photos give us a glimpse of their characters along with several other cast members. It’s the first we see of the actual film before it debuts on Netflix on October 5.
John Lee Hancock wrote and directed Mr. Harrington’s Phone. It is produced by Ryan Murphy, Jason Blum and Carla Hacken. Along with Sutherland and Martell, the film stars Joe Tippett, Kirby Howell-Baptiste, Cyrus Arnold, Colin O’Brien, Thomas Francis Murphy, and Peggy J. Scott. Below is the official synopsis for the movie.
When Craig, a young man living in a small town (Jaeden Martell) befriends Mr. Harrigan, a reclusive older billionaire (Donald Sutherland), the two begin to form an unlikely bond over their love of books and reading. . But when Mr. Harrigan sadly passes away, Craig discovers that all is not dead and gone and strangely finds himself able to communicate with his friend from the grave via iPhone in this supernatural coming-of-age story that shows that certain connections are never lost.
Take a look at all the first look photos below.
Director John Lee Hancock Is Thrilled To Adapt A Stephen King Story
“You finish a script and realize you have to send it to Stephen, and you’re going to get a thumbs up or a thumbs down,” Hancock said of King’s own approval of his script, via TUDUM. “You say, ‘Oh my God, Stephen King is reading my script. I hope he likes it.'”
Hancock also discussed choosing a King story other than the typical horror story the author is known for. He compares it to some of King’s famous works outside of the genre to drive home the point that fans shouldn’t watch this movie expecting to see a total horror movie along the lines of It’s either cujo.
“More than anything, it’s about a strange relationship between an 80-year-old billionaire and a [young man] and the bonds of friendship, and how far will you go for a friend? Hancock said. “It’s also not the horror story you might expect. Do you like Shawshank Redemptionyou like stay by meyou like green mile, do you like many other Stephen King? My opinion was that he is in the style of the Brothers Grimm. It’s a warning fairy tale in a way.”
Mr. Harrington’s Phone It will premiere on Wednesday, October 5 on Netflix.