The Black Phone has been one of the success stories of 2022. In a box-office landscape still fluctuating following the pandemic, Scott Derrickson’s creepy horror has managed to dial into $152 million at the worldwide box-office, and so it’s no surprise to learn that conversations have already begun regarding a sequel.
To coincide with The Black Phone‘s home entertainment release, even though it still managed to earn over $1M at the domestic box-office this past weekend, Derrickson was speaking with Comicbook.com about a potential follow-up, saying “There’s already a lot of conversation, a lot of pressure being put on it. I mean, the movie cost $18 million, and it’s going to ultimately make probably $160-170 million worldwide. So they want another one. Of course, they do.”
Based on a short story by Joe Hill, with whom Derrickson had already discussed potential sequel ideas prior to release, The Black Phone is the story of Finney Shaw, a shy but clever 13-year-old boy who abducted by a sadistic killer and trapped in a soundproof basement. When a disconnected phone on the wall begins to ring, Finney discovers that he can hear the voices of the killer’s previous victims.
We called it “emotional, ghoulish, and terrific” in our ★★★★ review. Be sure to let us know what you thought of The Black Phone, and whether you’d pick up again should The Grabber come calling in a sequel, by heading to our social channels @FlickeringMyth…
Finney Shaw, a shy but clever 13-year-old boy, is abducted by a sadistic killer and trapped in a soundproof basement where screaming is of little use. When a disconnected phone on the wall begins to ring, Finney discovers that he can hear the voices of the killer’s previous victims. And they are dead set on making sure that what happened to them doesn’t happen to Finney.
The Black Phone is directed by Scott Derrickson (Sinister) and features a cast that includes Ethan Hawke (Moon Knight), Mason Thames (For All Mankind), James Ransone (It Chapter Two), Madeleine McGraw (Toy Story 4) and Jeremy Davies (Saving Private Ryan).