Described as in the same tone as Stand By Me, Mr. Harrigan’s Phone follows the story of a young boy in Maine as he befriends an old and retired billionaire named Mr. Harrigan, who first bonded together through an iPhone. When Mr. Harrigan dies, the teen puts the phone in his pal’s pocket before burial and when the lonely youth leaves his dead friend a message, he is shocked to get a return text from beyond the grave.
The 39-year-old actor is currently appearing in Apple TV+’s The Morning Show Season 2. He will next be seen in the upcoming musical comedy film Spirited starring alongside Will Ferrell, Ryan Reynolds, and Octavia Spencer. The Lost Boys Reboot Film in Development, Two Stars Attached
The project was first announced more than a year ago after Netflix, Blumhouse Productions and Emmy-winning creator Ryan Murphy (American Horror Story) had teamed up to acquire the film rights to the horror short story. Universal & Blumhouse to Release First Film in The Exorcist Trilogy in 2023
The film adaptation of Mr. Harrigan’s Phone will be written and directed by John Lee Hancock (The Blind Side, Saving Mr. Banks). It is being produced by Murphy, Jason Blum, and Carla Hacken, with Chris McCumber, Jeremy Gold, and Scott Greenberg to executive produce.