Mr. Harrigan’s Phone: First Look Photos Revealed for Stephen King Adaptation

Netflix has revealed a slew of photographs that reveal our first look at Mr. Harrigan’s Phone, an all-new movie based on the original short story by Stephen King. As previously announced, the film co-stars Donald Sutherland and Jaeden Martell in the lead roles. Our first look photos give us a look at their characters along with several other members of the cast. It’s the first we’ve seen of the actual film ahead of it’s debut on Netflix on Oct. 5.

John Lee Hancock wrote and directed Mr. Harrigan’s Phone. It is produced by Ryan Murphy, Jason Blum, and Carla Hacken. Along with Sutherland and Martell, the film stars Joe Tippett, Kirby Howell-Baptiste, Cyrus Arnold, Colin O’Brien, Thomas Francis Murphy, and Peggy J. Scott. Below is the film’s official synopsis.

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When Craig, a young boy living in a small town (Jaeden Martell) befriends Mr. Harrigan, an older, reclusive billionaire (Donald 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.

Take a gander at all the first look photos below.

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Director John Lee Hancock Is Thrilled to Adapt a Stephen King Story

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“You finish a script and you realize you’ve got to send it to Stephen, and you’re going to get a thumbs up or a thumbs down,” Hancock said of getting his screenplay approved by King himself, via TUDUM. “You go, ‘Oh my God, Stephen King’s reading my script. I hope he likes it.’”

Hancock also spoke about choosing a King story that is not a typical horror tale like the author is known for. He compares it to some of King’s famous works outside of the genre to demonstrate the point that fans should not watch this movie expecting to see an all-out horror film along the lines of It or Cujo.

“More than anything, it’s about an odd relationship between a billionaire in his 80s and a [young man] and the bonds of friendship, and how far will you go for a friend?” Hancock said. “It’s also not the horror story you might expect. Do you like Shawshank Redemption, do you like Stand By Me, do you like Green Mile, do you like a ton of other Stephen King? My take on it was, it’s in the fashion of Brothers Grimm. It’s a cautionary fairy tale in a way.”

Mr. Harrigan’s Phone will premiere on Wednesday, Oct. 5, on Netflix.