The highly-anticipated horror, Black Phone, starring Ethan Hawke and directed by Scott Derrickson, has been pushed back six months.

Ever since we learned that Scott Derrickson, director of Marvel’s Doctor Strange and the spooky Sinister, was teaming with Jason Blum of Blumhouse and Universal for Black Phone – an adaptation of the Joe Hill novella – we’ve been rather excited to see the end result. However, the original plan for the film to hit cinemas in February has now been altered, as Blumhouse and Universal have, as is the trend of late, have pushed Black Phone‘s release back by around six months. Presumably the latest rise of the pox is to blame.

Black Phone is a story about a kidnapped child, whose only means of communication whilst trapped in a cellar is via a long-disconnected, antique telephone. The film stars Ethan Hawke as a serial killer and Mason Thames as the child who is kidnapped by him, but who can communicate via the phone in order to escape.

Black Phone will mark Derrickson’s resumption of his partnership with Blumhouse, with whom he made the Sinister films. The director joined the project after leaving Marvel’s Doctor Strange sequel over creative differences. Early reviews for the film have been really good, which will make waiting for the film even harder, but when it comes to movie releases at least, delayed gratification is something that we’re getting lots of practice with.

In lieu of the film’s aborted  release next month, you check out the trailer to pass the time ahead of The Black Phone‘s new release date, now in the middle of next year.


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