Jason Blum Interview: The Black Phone

The Black Phone is the newest film world meant to haunt your dreams when it releases on June 24. After departing from Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, director Scott Derrickson returned to his horror roots in a different way, by partnering with Blumhouse Productions. Known for its creative thrillers, such as Get Out and Happy Death Day, Blumhouse was the perfect avenue for Derrickson to reunite with Sinister writer C. Robert Cargill for an adaptation of the 2004 short story by Joe Hill.,The Black Phone follows a creepy villain known as the Grabber, played by Ethan Hawke, who preys on children. But his reign of terror is threatened when his latest victim, named Finney Shaw (Mason Thames), begins receiving phone calls from previous victims while trapped in the basement. With critics and audiences who viewed the film already calling it a masterpiece, it seems Blumhouse is sure to have another hit on their hands.,Related: Early Reactions Call The Black Phone Deeply Disturbing,Screen Rant spoke to Blumhouse CEO Jason Blum about collaborating once again with horror enthusiast Scott Derrickson, as well as about the possibility of Death Day 3 and the latest on Halloween Ends.,Screen Rant: Congrats on this movie. I saw it a few months ago at a festival and dug the hell out of it. I love seeing Scott Derrickson back to his horror roots. You had a very interesting response when they came to you with the script. Can you tell me how you said yes to The Black Phone?,What? That’s amazing. Have you used it?,Can we actually? ,This means that Scott Derrickson currently has to be in his basement. ,What does it say? ,Incredible. This is incredible marketing. ,Oh my God. I’m so excited. Have you called it before?,Oh my God. That’s friggin’ incredible.,And landlines ring forever.,And he’ll never know that you called. Thank you for trying. That’s really cool that you have that and can be like, “I got another project for you.” ,Black Phone 2! It is great seeing you two work together again. Do you think that this is a start of a new chapter of a relationship with Derrickson, Cargill and Blumhouse?,I’m committed to a few things in life, but one of them is constantly asking you about Happy Death Day 3. So, I’m going to do it again here.,You know we want it so bad! I just did an interview yesterday with Robert Englud, which was iconic. But when I was doing research for it, it led me to a tweet from you saying that you want the rights to Nightmare on Elm Street and Friday the 13th so bad, but it hasn’t happened.,He has said multiple times he’s done playing Freddy because he’s 75, but I feel like if you got it, you could make it happen.,See, there you go. I think you if anyone can do it, it’s you.,Yeah, that’s right. 75 years young, Robert, come on! You’ve also said that you’ve seen Halloween Ends.,Is that really going to be the last?,Finney Shaw is a shy but clever 13-year-old boy who’s being held in a soundproof basement by a sadistic, masked killer. When a disconnected phone on the wall starts to ring, he soon discovers that he can hear the voices of the murderer’s previous victims — and they are dead set on making sure that what happened to them doesn’t happen to Finney.,Check back soon for our interviews with the cast and crew of The Black Phone.,More: Do Black Phone & Sinister Exist In The Same Universe?