Mr Harrigans Phone

All We Know About Netflix's Stephen King Mr Harrigan's Phone Adaptation

Rachael Grealish September 18, 2022

The next Stephen King adaptation coming to Netflix is none other than the short story Mr Harrigan’s Phone, which is set to star Donald Sutherland and Jaeden Martell.

Netflix just dropped the trailer for the adaptation and already fans are losing it and asking October to hurry up and get here already.

Mr Harrigan’s Phone

Mr Harrigan’s Phone is actually just one of four previously unpublished novellas by the American writer brought together in the collection If It Bleeds – the others in the book are If It Bleeds, The Life of Chuck and The Rat.

The collection was only published two years ago and the story used for the movie follows the life of Craig who gets a job working for the retired Mr Harrigan, who gifts Craig a winning lottery ticket.

Craig then buys Mr Harrigan a cell phone using some of the money won from the lottery ticket. Eventually, Mr Harrigan dies and later, Craig leaves a voicemail on Mr Harrigan’s old phone about a bully. The bully is later found to have died by suicide. Of course, this is a Stephen King story so things take a thrilling turn.

Jaeden Martell as Craig and Donald Sutherland as Mr. Harrigan in Mr. Harrigan’s Phone. Cr. Nicole Rivelli/Netflix © 2022

It seems like the movie is going to follow the story, but how closely is not disclosed as Netflix says: ‘When Craig, a young boy living in a small town (Martell) befriends Mr Harrigan, an older, reclusive billionaire (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 not everything is dead and gone and strangely finds himself able to communicate with his friend from the grave through the iPhone in this supernatural coming-of-age story that shows that certain connections are never lost.’

As well as being based on the short story by Stephen King, Mr Harrigan’s Phone is directed and written by John Lee Hancock and produced by Ryan Murphy, Jason Blum and Carla Hacken.

Fans lose it for Stephen King Adaptation

Fans are now losing it on Twitter since the trailer dropped, with some wishing it could be October already so they can enjoy this next Stephen King adaptation.

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Rachael is the Senior Content Editor at Freshered. She is NCTJ qualified with an MA in journalism. Rachael has almost ten years experience as a journalist in regional, national and international press and is passionate about creating engaging content.