Universal The Black Phone will now be answered by moviegoers in the summer. The studio is pushing the Ethan Hawke horror thriller from Feb. 4, 2022 to June 24, 2022. Uni already had the date blocked off for an untitled Blumhouse movie.
The Black Phone will be up against Warner Bros.’ Baz Luhrmann movie Elvis. Sony’s Where the Crawdads Sings recently departed the summer date.
Black Phone leaves behind Lionsgate’s Moonfall and Paramount’s Jackass Forever Watch The Black Phone 2022 on Feb. 4.
Scott Derrickson directs and co-wrote Black Phone with C. Robert Cargill off Joe Hill’s short story from his New York Times bestseller 20th Century Ghosts.
The Black Phone is about a 13-year-old boy named Finney Shaw who is kidnapped by a killer and taken to a soundproof basement with only an old, broken phone. Suddenly it starts to ring. When Finney picks up the phone, previous kidnapping victims of the killer whom he killed call on the other end of the line. The voices want to help Finney out of his predicament.
Ethan Hawke plays the aforementioned killer, Mason Thames makes his feature film debut as Finney. The script, direction and production are from Scott Derrickson, who wrote the script for Doctor Strange, which he then directed. The Black Phone is based on a short story by Joe Hill.
The Black Phone is directed by Scott Derrickson The Black Phone from a screenplay he co-wrote with long-time collaborator C. Robert Cargill, based on the award-winning short story by Joe Hill from his New York Times bestseller 20th Century Ghosts.
“The film tells the story of Finney Shaw, full movie a shy but clever 13-year-old boy, who is abducted by a sadistic killer and trapped in a soundproof basement,” reads the official synopsis. “When a disconnected phone on the wall begins to ring, Finney discovers that he can hear the voices of the killer’s previous victims. And they are dead set on making sure that what happened to them doesn’t happen to Finney.”
The Black Phone follows a 13-year old boy, who after being abducted by a child killer and locked in a soundproof basement, starts receiving calls on a disconnected phone from the killer’s previous victims.
The film is produced by Derrickson & Cargill’s Crooked Highway and presented by Universal and Blumhouse. Jason Blum, Derrickson and Cargill are producers on the film, which is executive produced by Hill, Christopher H. Warner and Ryan Turek.
Blumhouse’s upcoming horror film starring Ethan Hawke has delayed its release to summer 2022.
Originally scheduled for Feb. 4, online “The Black Phone” will now hit theaters on June 24. Directed by Scott Derrickson. “The Black Phone” follows a 13-year-old boy named Finney Shaw who is kidnapped by a killer and taken to a soundproof basement where no one can hear his screams. According to the film’s logline, “When a disconnected phone on the wall begins to ring, Finney discovers that he can hear the voices of the killer’s previous victims. And they are dead set on making sure that what happened to them doesn’t happen to Finney.”
Hawke stars as the aforementioned killer in what a press release calls “the most terrifying role of his career,” with Mason Thames making his feature debut as Finney. Derrickson. The writer-director behind “Sinister” and Marvel’s “Doctor Strange,” also produced and co-wrote the film. Based on Joe Hill’s short story from his bestselling book “20th Century Ghosts,” “The Black Phone” is also produced by Jason Blum, C. Robert Cargill and executive produced by Hill, Christopher H. Warner and Ryan Turek.
When its trailer was first unveiled at CinemaCon in August, Hawke said in a pre-taped clip that he broke his “no bad guys” rule for the film, while Blum touted it as the scariest film he’s ever worked on to date.
“The movie promises pure dread as Thames is tortured by Hawke, Ultra fond of donning terrifying masks and taunting him with stories of previous basement tenants and his own childhood” Donnelly wrote of the trailer. “The supernatural is introduced via the phone calls, where the spirits of fallen children attempt to help Thames escape, leaving clues and life hacks in his physical space. A young neighborhood girl is also burdened with visions of Thames in capture, and attempts to help lead the police to him before it’s too late.”
The film is led by Oscar nominee Ethan Hawke along with up-and-coming young actors Mason Thames and Madeleine McGraw. HD Joining them are James Ransone, Jeremy Davies, Brady Hepner, Jacob Moran, and Jordan Isaiah White. It reunites Derrickson, and Cargill with Ethan Hawke and James Ransone, who all worked together on 2012’s Sinister.
The Black Phone is being produced by Derrickson, Cargill, and Jason Blum, with Hill serving as an executive producer. It is a co-production between Blumhouse and Crooked Highway Productions.