Scott Derrickson is one of the most prolific filmmakers in modern-day Hollywood. His résumé boasts a bevy of box office successes including The Exorcism of Emily Rose and Marvel’s Doctor Strange. As first reported by Discussing Film, the creative force of nature will team with Blumhouse for an adaptation of Joe Hill’s novel The Black Phone.
Published in 2007, The Black Phone is a collection of 20th-century ghost stories. The book’s official preview, pulled directly from the official Harper Collins website, teases a bevy of tales centering around different ghosts in several situations.
Imogene is young and beautiful. She kisses like a movie star and knows everything about every film ever made. She’s also dead and waiting in the Rosebud Theater for Alec Sheldon one afternoon in 1945.
Arthur Roth is a lonely kid with big ideas and a gift for attracting abuse. It isn’t easy to make friends when you’re the only inflatable boy in town.
Francis is unhappy. Francis was human once, but that was then. Now he’s an eight-foot-tall locust and everyone in Calliphora will tremble when they hear him sing.
John Finney is locked in a basement that’s stained with the blood of half a dozen other murdered children. In the cellar with him is an antique telephone, long since disconnected, but which rings at night with calls from the dead.
Derrickson will reportedly direct and produce the film. Additionally, his longtime collaborator C. Robert Cargill (Sinister) will write the screenplay and also serve as an executive producer. Blumhouse will handle the project’s finances and distribution with Jason Blum (Get Out) on-board to produce as well.
Up next, the filmmaker will helm a bevy of projects. In addition to the highly anticipated sequel to Jim Henson’s Labyrinth, Derrickson will direct Skydance’s Bermuda starring Chris Evans. The director made news late last year after it was revealed that he dropped out of Marvel’s Doctor Strange In The Multiverse of Madness. Citing creative differences with Marvel, Derrickson transitioned into an executive producer role with Spider-Man (2002) director Sam Raimi serving as his replacement.
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