Although it was released less than three months ago, it's no surprise that Stephen King's new novella collection, If It Bleeds, is already moving towards the screen, as Netflix is joining forces with Ryan Murphy and Jason Blum for an adaptation of the first story in the collection, Mr. Harrigan's Phone.

The Hollywood Reporter reveals that Murphy and Blum will produce a Netflix film adaptation of Mr. Harrigan's Phone, with John Lee Hancock (The Highwaymen, Saving Mr. Banks) set to pen and direct the adaptation.

Carla Hacken is also producing the project, with Blumhouse Television’s Marci Wiseman and Jeremy Gold on board as executive producers.

For those unfamiliar with Mr. Harrigan's Phone, according to THR, the story "...follows a young boy who befriends an older billionaire who lives in his small-town neighborhood. They bond over the man’s first iPhone. But when the man dies, the boy discovers that not everything dead is gone and finds himself able to communicate with his friend from the grave by leaving voicemails on the iPhone that was buried with him."

As for the other novellas in the collection, Deadline reports that Rat "has been optioned to Ben Stiller, who intends to product, direct and star in the feature," while The Life of Chuck has been optioned by Darren Aronofsky’s Protozoa. Centered on Holly from Stephen King's The Outsider, the titular story If It Bleeds has not been optioned at this time, but we'll be sure to keep Daily Dead readers updated on all of these projects as more details are revealed.

Source: THR
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