Stephen King’s short story for Mr. Harrigan’s Phone is being given the adaptation treatment over at Netflix. This one is giving a young, bullied kid a texting pal from beyond the grave. The trailer which begins as a sweet tale complete with White Stripes I Can Tell That We Are Gonna Be Friends, culminates in something much more sinister.
King adaptations are all the rage with a ton of them made in the past couple of years and even more coming in the next year. Mr. Harrigan’s Phone is an interesting choice for an adaptation because it is somewhat sweet combined with notes of tension. But, at its core are King’s ideas of loss and not letting go. A touching story about processing grief and rage.
The synopsis for Mr. Harrigan’s Phone goes like this:
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.
The film stars Donald Sutherland, Jaeden Martell, Kirby Howell-Baptiste, Joe Tippett, Colin O’Brien, Cyrus Arnold, Thomas Francis Murphy and Peggy J. Scott.
Mr. Harrigan’s Phone arrives on Netflix beginning on October 5.
‘I Know What You Did Last Summer’ Getting a Bonafide Sequel With Legacy Leads
With all of the 90’s reboot rigamarole happening in horror cinema these days, it might be no surprise that a beloved thriller is finally getting the direct sequel it deserves.
The 1997 slasher I Know What You Did Last Summer is one of those guilty pleasures that sticks with you just long enough for you to want to watch it again every so often, and now it looks like it is getting another chapter. Moreover, its two leads, Jennifer Love Hewitt and Freddie Prinze Jr, are in talks to reprise their roles.
Director Jennifer Kaytin Robinson (Do Revenge) is reportedly taking the helm on this one.
Although nothing can be confirmed yet, Deadline is reporting that Neal H. Moritz might return as producer, with Leah McKendrick doing the screenplay. Scream writer Kevin Williamson penned the first movie.
Sony has yet to confirm any details about the project.
Amazon tried its hand at an original series adaptation, but sadly their attempt ended in failure after just one season.
In the original, a group of friends is sworn to secrecy after a hit-and-run in which they accidentally strike someone stumbling onto a desolate coastal road. They manage to keep their secret for years until one by one they become victims to a hook-wielding madman who may or may not know what they did.
A failed 1998 sequel I Still Know What You Did Last Summer starred Hewitt and Prinze Jr. and then an unrelated third movie, I’ll Always Know What You Did Last Summer (2006) was released with little to no accolades.
Deadline also reports that this new film, much like its Scream cousin, will see legacy characters introduced to new ones in this latest chapter.
We will keep you posted as this story develops.
Keanu Reeves Will Return As ‘Constantine’ in Sequel Directed by Francis Lawrence
Keanu Reeves will finally return as John Constantine in a film directed by Francis Lawrence once again. Deadline reports that the new film has been given the greenlight. The first film came out back in 2005 and introduced a very different version of DC’s Hellblazer John Constantine.
Keanu Reeves offered his first public comments regarding Constantine 2 going into development under Warner Bros since its announcement last year.
Reeves explained just how much he loved playing the role in the first movie, joking that he was similar to the titular character from Oliver Twist in asking the studio “Can I please have some more?”
“I don’t know if it was unfinished business but it was definitely a role that I loved. And I thought that Francis Lawrence, the director, did such amazing work. I loved playing that character, and I really enjoyed the film. I was like, [adopts Oliver Twist voice] ‘Can I please have some more?'”
This apparently became a regular conversation between Reeves and Warner Bros., with the studio regularly saying no to his requests:
“I kept asking almost every year. I’d be like, ‘Can I please?’ [and] they’d be like, ‘No, no!'”
Once the studio finally said “sure” and greenlit the sequel, Reeves and his team quickly got to work and are now “just starting to try and put a story together.”
Reeves was unable to contain his excitement, making it clear that he’s going to “try [his] darndest to try and realize that dream” of making this movie even with all the obstacles in the way:
“So it’s exciting. It’s almost like an open playground that we can hopefully cook something up and play in, and I guess get out of the playground and prepare a meal. But I’m looking forward to it, and hopefully it can happen. You don’t know how these things go. But I’m definitely going to try my darndest to try and realize that dream.”
The Constantine sequel will be directed by Lawrence and produced by Bad Robot with JJ Abrams and Hannah Minghella. Plus, Akiva Goldsmith is set to write.
Over the years since the release of 2005’s Constantine, Matt Ryan played a very authentic version of the blonde, British demonologist for a shortlived NBC series. Ryan has also given the character voice in animated films as well as portrayed the character in spinoffs to other DC worlds such as Legends of Tomorrow.
The synopsis for Constantine went like this:
As a suicide survivor, demon hunter John Constantine (Keanu Reeves) has literally been to hell and back — and he knows that when he dies, he’s got a one-way ticket to Satan’s realm unless he can earn enough goodwill to climb God’s stairway to heaven. While helping policewoman Angela Dodson (Rachel Weisz) investigate her identical twin’s apparent suicide, Constantine becomes caught up in a supernatural plot involving both demonic and angelic forces. Based on the DC/Vertigo “Hellblazer” comics.
Over the years we have heard buzz about a possible Constantine sequel several times, with no actual flame behind the sparks. So, it is definitely exciting to see the film actually moving forward.
Stay tuned for more Keanu Constantine details.
‘The Barn Part II’ Receives A Blu-Ray Release.
Fresh off the festival circuit with wins including Best Horror Feature of Nightmares Film Festival and Best Supporting Actress at Genre Blast Film Festival, the sequel to the 2016 retro slasher has returned in The Barn Part II.
The film takes place after the original, as it’s been three years since Michelle (Lexi Dripps) escaped the events in Wheary Falls. However, she is still plagued with the questions of what truly happened to Sam and Josh (Mitchell Musolino and Will Stout) and the rest of her friends that disappeared on Halloween night. Now in college, Michelle and best friend Heather (Sable Griedel) are put in charge of the annual Gamma Tau Psi haunted house. Unfortunately for Michelle, some uninvited trick-or-treaters from her past come knocking…and this time, they’ve brought their friends…
The Barn Part II is stuffed with an array of horror personalities, actors, and actresses that we have all come to love over the years, including Ari Lehman (Jason Voorhees from Friday the 13th), Linnea Quigley (Night of the Demons), Joe Bob Briggs and Diana Prince aka Darcy the Mail Girl (Shudder’s The Last Drive-In), Lloyd Kaufman (The Toxic Avenger), and Doug Bradley (Pinhead from Hellraiser).
Judging by the trailer the sequel seems to capture the same 80s aesthetic as the original did and it soaks in the Halloween atmosphere, delivering those practical effects from a passionate director and team. I am looking forward to checking this one out.
Check out the trailer below.
A signed LE Slip Cover Blue Ray is also available from The Barn Merch Store from Scream Team Releasing!