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Writer Joe Hill Describes The Thrill Of Seeing The Black Phone Adapted For The Screen — Exclusive Interview



Speaking of that, you’ve had quite a bit of your work, at this point, adapted to film and TV.

I’ve been very fortunate.

“Locke & Key” has been great. I’m still sad “NOS4A2” is gone.

Me too. I thought it was great. I thought Zach [Quinto] and Ashleigh [Cummings] were terrific. But the thing about “NOS4A2” is we got two seasons. We got to tell the whole story. The whole story of the novel winds up in the TV show, so there’s really nothing to complain about.

Is there any adaptation that you’ve especially enjoyed?

I definitely think “The Black Phone” has been an experience that might never happen in my life again. Something like “The Black Phone” happens to a writer … If it happens once in your life, you have been so incredibly lucky — not just that the movie has been a big success. It’s been a hit, a theatrical hit in a day and age when that’s less and less common, especially for a low-budget film.

But aside from how it did commercially, which is really exciting and everything, it’s a really good movie. I knew from the moment I saw it. I thought, “This is so emotionally satisfying.” Someone said it was like a satanic cross between “Silence of The Lambs” and “The Karate Kid,” and I think there’s some truth to that. It does have qualities of both films somehow braided together. It’s great to have had something that feels like it’s going to stick around [and] people are still going to care in 10 years.

“The Black Phone” is now available on digital, Blu-Ray, and DVD.

This interview has been edited for clarity.

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