Netflix has released the trailer for its latest Stephen King adaptation, Mr. Harrigan’s phone, which is based on the short story of the same name. In the trailer, we see Craig, played by Jaeden Martell (who starred in the recent This adaptations and Knives out), bonding with the titular Mr. Harrigan, an aging billionaire played by Donald Sutherland (President Snow in The hunger Games and Mr. Bennet in 2005 Pride and Prejudice).
According to Netflix’s description, the film is about the bond between Craig and Mr. Harrigan on their first iPhones, which apparently keeps them connected after the older man’s death. The trailer, of course, looks much more sinister; the boy leaves a voicemail for the man after he dies, which leads to him being called back and his bully being found dead. (Let’s hope the movie is better than that other Netflix adaptation with a similar concept. Fortunately, Netflix has a decent track record making movies based on Stephen King stories.)
One quirk that’s almost absently evident in the trailer is the age of the phones. Mr. Harrigan receives what appears to be an original iPhone, and later in the trailer we see Craig using an iPhone 4 or 4S. The short story the film adapts is not from this period – it was released in the 2020s If it bleedsbut it’s perhaps just more believable that the characters get their first smartphones in the late 2000s rather than launch with the iPhone 14 Pro Max.
The film will be available to stream on Netflix from October 5, just in time for the start of the Halloween scary movie season. Personally, I can’t wait to watch it and desperately try to distract myself with my own phone during the many shots in the trailer that really seem to end in a jump scare.