Scott Derrickson’s adaptation of Joe Hill’s The Black Phone is one step closer to production today with the announcement that actor Jeremy Davies has joined the project.
Davies made his feature film debut in 1994’s Spanking the Monkey and has gone on to appear in numerous film and television roles including his portrayal of Charles Manson in 2004’s TV movie Helter Skelter along with appearances on TV shows like Hannibal, Sleepy Hollow, and Lucifer.
The Black Phone first appeared in Joe Hill’s 20th Century Ghosts collection which was published in the UK in 2005 followed by a release in the U.S. in 2007. The story focuses on 13-year-old John Finney, kidnapped by a man named Al.
According to the story’s synopsis: The kidnapper locked John in a basement, a place stained with the blood of half a dozen murdered children. With him in his subterranean cell is an antique phone, long since disconnected…but which rings at night, anyway, with calls from the dead.
Derrickson and C. Robert Cargill, who previously collaborated on Sinister and Doctor Strange, adapted the screenplay from Hill’s story. The duo are producing the film alongside Jason Blum and Blumhouse Productions.
There is no word yet on exactly who Davies will be playing, but he seems a natural casting choice for the mysterious kidnapper, Al.
iHorror will keep you posted on more details about The Black Phone as they become available.