Netflix has dropped its trailer for their upcoming version of Stephen King’s novel Mr. Harrigan’s Phone.
The film follows the teenager Craig, played by Jaeden Martell, who has previous with Stephen King’s work following his role in the most recent adaptation of It. Craig befriends the aged billionaire Mr. Harrigan, who is played by Donald Sutherland, and what ensues is one of the most confounding tales King has ever released.
A synopsis of the film reads: “Craig, a young boy living in a small town, who befriends older, reclusive billionaire, Mr. Harrigan. The two form a bond over books and an iPhone, but when the man passes away, the boy discovers that not everything dead is gone, and finds himself able to communicate with his friend from the grave through the iPhone that was buried with him.”
With the source material being by the ‘King of Horror‘, the new trailer is not without it’s dark edge, and things take a mysterious turn after Craig gets a voicemail from Mr. Harrigan, although he has just died. Elsewhere, a school bully is found dead.
Interestingly, the phones in the film are old ones. Mr. Harrigan has what is thought to be an original iPhone, and Craig uses a 4 or 4S. This is strange as the book wasn’t written in that period – it was published as a part of 2020’s If It Bleeds. The film looks to be one of the best Stephen King adaptations that Netflix has released to date, following on from the resounding success of 1922. A commentary on the state of the modern world, Martell and Sutherland will surely shine.
Mr. Harrigan’s Phone will be available on Netflix from October 5th. Fans of Stephen King are already hotly anticipating its release, which comes just in time for the Halloween season.