Doctor Strange Director Set To Helm ‘The Black Phone 2’ Despite Ethan Hawke’s Fatal Ending in the First Film

The film was regarded as one of the most profitable films of 2021 due to its success at the box office.

Doctor Strange Director Set To Helm ‘The Black Phone 2’ Despite Ethan Hawke’s Fatal Ending in the First Film

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  • Doctor Strange director Scott Derrickson is all set to return as the director of the horror film The Black Phone 2.
  • The original, which starred Ethan Hawke, was regarded as one of the best horror films of 2021 and was commercially successful.
  • Hawke is also set to return in the sequel, which releases in 2025, despite his character The Grabber dying in the original.
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Director Scott Derrickson and actor Ethan Hawke are all set to return for the sequel of 2021’s sleeper horror hit The Black Phone. The film produced by Jason Blum along with Derrickson and co-writer C Robert Cargill was one of the most profitable films of 2021.

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The Black Phone 2 will see Ethan Hawke, Mason Thames, Madeleine McGraw, Jeremy Davies, and Miguel Mora reprising their roles in the horror film. The film is scheduled to release on June 27, 2025. The return of Hawke in the sequel makes fans rethink the ending of the first film and in what capacity the character of The Grabber returns. Spoilers ahead.

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What Is Ethan Hawke’s The Black Phone About?

A still from The Black Phone
A still from The Black Phone

The horror thriller The Black Phone was one of the most profitable films of 2021, earning over $161 million at the box office against a $16 million budget. The film was based on an iconic short story by writer Joe Hill, the son of noted horror novelist Stephen King. The Black Phone was directed by Scott Derrickson, known for directing Sinister and Doctor Strange.

Derrickson and C Robert Cargill were hoping to make The Black Phone after Derrickson finished Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, which he was obligated to direct. However, the director left the film midway due to creative differences and was replaced by noted director Sam Raimi. Cargill and Derrickson then focussed on making the horror film.

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Mason Thames
Mason Thames

The Black Phone follows the story of Finney, a young boy who gets abducted by a murderer known as The Grabber in 1978. The town Finney lives in is constantly in fear of the murderer and many kids in his schools have been abducted by him. When Finney wakes up in a soundproof basement after being kidnapped, he finds a black phone that has the ghosts of the murdered children on the other side instructing him on the ways to escape.

The film stared Ethan Hawke as the Grabber, collaborating with Derrickson for the second time after Sinister. It was the ninth time that Hawke collaborated with producer Jason Blum after joining hands on multiple projects, with Blum even being the producer-director of Hawke’s theatre company.

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Jason Blum Commissions Sequel For The Black Phone

Ethan Hawke in The Black Phone
Ethan Hawke in The Black Phone

After the success of The Black Phone, it was recently announced that producer Jason Blum had commissioned The Black Phone 2. Based on an idea pitched by Joe Hill while filming the original, the film is set to see Scott Derrickson and writer C Robert Cargill return as director and co-writer respectively.

One of the surprising aspects of the sequel is that Ethan Hawke will be returning as The Grabber. The Grabber is implied to be dead at the end of the first film after the young Finney snaps his next with a phone chord and escapes. While no details regarding the plot have been revealed, it is interesting to see how Hawke could come back for the film.

The sequel also sees Mason Thames, Madeleine McGraw, Jeremy Davies, and Miguel Mora returning. Derrickson is currently filming his action film The Gorge for Apple TV+, which stars Anya Taylor-Joy, Sigourney Weaver, and Miles Teller. Filming of The Black Phone 2 is expected to begin after Derrickson is finished with The Gorge.

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Nishanth A is a Media, English and Psychology graduate from Bangalore. He is an avid DC fanboy and loves the films of Christopher Nolan. He has published over 400 articles on FandomWire. When he's not fixating on the entire filmography of a director, he tries to write and direct films.