Stephen King: Guess who is answering Mr. Harrigan’s Phone?

Ryan Murphy and Jason Blum (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images for Critics' Choice Television Awards)
Ryan Murphy and Jason Blum (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images for Critics' Choice Television Awards) /

Stephen King has done it again. His short story, Mr. Harrigan’s Phone is being adapted for Netflix courtesy of Jason Blum and Ryan Murphy.

Stephen King is a prolific writer. Nearly everything he pens either ends up on the silver screen or a streaming service.

Yesterday, Variety announced that the author’s short story, Mr. Harrigan’s Phone from his horror compilation, If It Bleeds has been optioned for Netflix. Jason Blum and Ryan Murphy will be producing the venture.

Mr. Harrigan’s Phone tells the story of a boy who make friends with a billionaire who lives in his neighborhood. The pair form an unlikely alliance over an iPhone.

Which oddly enough, acts as a way for the young man to communicate with the tycoon after he dies. Sounds like a creepy episode of the old Twilight Zone series.

John Lee Hancock, the director of the Academy Award winning, The Blind Side will be adapting the script and directing the Stephen King project. This looks like it will be Hancock’s first foray into horror.

The adaptation of Mr. Harrigan’s Phone will be the fourth effort of King’s for Netflix. They have had decent success with his works like 1922, the critically acclaimed, Gerald’s Game and In the Tall Grass.

In addition to Blum and Murphy, Carla Hacken will join Marci Wiseman (Blumhouse Television) and Jeremy Gold on the producing team. Blumhouse is also tackling another King story, Firestarter, which is currently being prepped for production.

Stay tuned because there will definitely be more news coming from Blum and Murphy’s camps when Mr. Harrigan’s Phone gets ready to shoot.


Until then fans of Ryan Murphy can stream American Horror Story on Netflix. Blumhouse has Into the Dark on Hulu and Stephen King has a brand new series, Chapelwaite which is currently in pre-production for EPIX. 

Have you read Mr. Harrigan’s Phone? What is your favorite Stephen King adaptation? Let us know in the comments.