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The Black Phone: Scott Derrickson Returning to Horror

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BY November 3, 2020
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Although you probably know him better for Doctor Strange, Scott Derrickson also has a respectable history in horror. His first feature, after all, was a Hellraiser sequel. Most notably, though, he directed and co-wrote both The Exorcism of Emily Rose and Sinister. Now, among his other upcoming projects, is The Black Phone, a return to horror for Scott Derrickson.

Derrickson Busy Since Exiting Doctor Strange Sequel

Since Derrickson exited Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, aka Doctor Strange 2, he hasn’t been resting on his laurels. He’s confirmed, for instance, to be directing Bermuda. The Chris Evans  movie, set in the Bermuda triangle, has a plot that’s almost as mysterious as the zone itself. Fun fact: Doctor Strange 2 director Sam Raimi was once in talks to direct Bermuda himself.

In addition, according to IMDb, Derrickson has also signed on to the movies When Gravity Falls and Two Eyes Staring, the latter a remake of the 2010 Dutch horror Zwart Water. However, any news on those films is at least a couple of years old, so they may be dead in the (zwart) water by now. Further, as far as we know, he’s apparently still moving forward on a Labyrinth sequel.

The Black Phone Is Newest Scott Derrickson Project

Although Derrickson may not be still working on Two Eyes Staring, he will be making at least one horror movie. It was announced this week that Derrickson and his frequent collaborator, C. Robert Cargill, will be writing a film adaptation of The Black Phone. The short story by Joe Hill first appeared in his 2005 collection 20th Century Ghosts. Though if you’re interested, then you can buy the story itself from the publisher.

I haven’t read it, but it appears to shift perspective between multiple characters. However, early reports about the movie suggest that it’s going to focus on only one of those characters. That would be “John,” by the way, a kidnapped child trapped in a basement with a disconnected phone that “… rings at night with calls from the dead.” Yikes. Anyway, Mason Thames (For All Mankind) is starring in the movie, so presumably he’ll playing John. Madeleine McGraw will also be in the movie.

There is no word yet, though, on when production on the film will start.

Which Scott Derrickson project are you most looking forward to? Share your answer with us on social media or in these comments.

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Salomé Gonstad is a freelance writer who grew up in the swampy wilds of south Alabama. She now splits her time between the Appalachian wilds (of Alabama) and the considerably more refined streets of New York City. When she's not yelling about pop culture on the internet, she's working on a supernatural thriller about her hometown. Also, we're pretty sure she's a werewolf. Email her at salome@comicyears.com.

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