TV - Movies
How Stephen King
Is Connected To
The Black Phone
By NIKKI MUNOZ
"The Black Phone" centers on an abducted teen who discovers he can communicate with the victims of his kidnapper through a mysterious black phone in the basement. The premise feels a lot like something from the mind of Stephen King, and while it’s not, the famous horror writer does have a direct connection to the project.
"The Black Phone" is based on a short story penned by King's son, Joe Hill, and appears in the 2007 short story collection "20th Century Ghosts." Not only did Hill follow in his father's footsteps by becoming a novelist, but he and King have even collaborated on a few short stories.
Hill revealed that the film's screenwriters didn't change much while adapting the short story for the screen, except for one key line. In the story, a character says he is a “part-time clown,” but the screenwriters changed it to “part-time magician,” so no one would assume there is a connection to Stephen King’s “IT.”