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Ethan Hawke reunites with “SINISTER” director on “THE BLACK PHONE”

Thursday, January 28, 2021 | News

By MICHAEL GINGOLD

The actor joins Jeremy Davies, Mason Thames and Madeleine McGraw in the Blumhouse production.

Having previously played the haunted true-crime writer in Scott Derrickson’s SINISTER, Ethan Hawke has now taken a role in Derrickson’s THE BLACK PHONE, which the director wrote with C. Robert Cargill based on Joe Hill’s short story. The movie is set to roll in North Carolina next month for Universal release; Derrickson, Cargill and Jason Blum are producing, with Hill as an executive producer. The story, which appeared in Hill’s 20TH CENTURY GHOSTS collection, is synopsized thusly: “Imogene is young and beautiful. She kisses like a movie star and knows everything about every film ever made. She’s also dead and waiting in the Rosebud Theater for Alec Sheldon one afternoon in 1945… Arthur Roth is a lonely kid with big ideas and a gift for attracting abuse. It isn’t easy to make friends when you’re the only inflatable boy in town… Francis is unhappy. Francis was human once, but that was then. Now he’s an eight-foot-tall locust and everyone in Calliphora will tremble when they hear him sing… John Finney is locked in a basement that’s stained with the blood of half a dozen other murdered children. In the cellar with him is an antique telephone, long since disconnected, but which rings at night with calls from the dead…”

Michael Gingold
Michael Gingold (RUE MORGUE's Head Writer) has been covering the world of horror cinema for over three decades, and spent 28 years as a writer and editor for FANGORIA magazine and its website. In addition to RUE MORGUE, he currently writes for BIRTH.MOVIES.DEATH, SCREAM, IndieWire.com, TIME OUT, DELIRIUM and others. His book THE FRIGHTFEST GUIDE TO MONSTER MOVIES (FAB Press) is out this fall, and he has contributed liner notes and featurettes to a number of Blu-ray and DVD releases. Among his screenplay credits are SHADOW: DEAD RIOT and LEECHES!, and he is currently working on THE DOLL with director Dante Tomaselli.