Netflix, Blumhouse, and Ryan Murphy have teamed to option a tale from Stephen King’s four novella collection If It Bleeds, Mr. Harrigan’s Phone.
John Lee Hancock will adapt the short novella for the screen and direct. Hancock is best known for helming films such as The Highwaymen, The Founder, Saving Mr. Banks, The Blind Side, The Alamo, and The Rookie.
Said to be in tone with Stand By Me with a supernatural spark, it centers on a youngster in Maine who befriends and does odd jobs for the retired Mr. Harrigan, starting from when he is nine years old. Harrigan has a penchant for giving the youth scratch-off lotto tickets that pay off and the youth reciprocates by buying the older man his first smartphone. When Mr. Harrigan dies, the teen puts the phone in his pal’s pocket before burial and when the lonely youth leaves his dead friend a message, he is shocked to get a return text from beyond the grave.
Jason Blum, Murphy, and Carla Hacken produce with Blumhouse Television’s Marci Wiseman and Jeremy Gold executive producing.