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Have you read Joe Hill's "The Black Phone" short story? See it right here, right now! This isn't a product of fan labor, and it's not a transcript. Get ready, because you're about to immerse yourself in something fantastic. No sign up required.

"The Black Phone" screenplay is written by Scott Derrickson and C. Robert Cargill. It's based on Joe Hill's disturbingly chilling short story of the same name. And that's what we have for you today.


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Today, for your consideration, we offer Joe Hill's original 1st edition short story (7,250 Words / 30 pages / 8 Chapters dated: 06.05.2005). Free, for a limited time, from 8FLiX and Universal Pictures.

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Take a look at "The Black Phone" logline.

After being abducted by a child killer and locked in a soundproof basement, a 13-year-old boy starts receiving calls on a disconnected phone from the killer's previous victims. Universal Pictures

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Earlier, I mentioned the two writers of the screenplay. Here's a little more information about them, and also Joe Hill.

Scott Derrickson is a producer, director, and writer also known for Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness (2022), and Sinister 2 (2015).

Screenwriter C. Robert Cargill is also known for Doctor Strange (2016), Shadowprowler (2021), and Sinister (2012).

Joe Hill is a producer, actor, and writer also known for Locke & Key (2022), Horns (2013), and In the Tall Grass (2019).

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Wondering about the screenplay's origin? Here's what we know.


It's the same, but different.

All right, so our understanding is that a professional screenwriter retyped the original script. Think of it as a modern-day "photocopy." So, that means you'll see all of the original author's spelling, grammatical, and/or formatting anomalies.


For Your Consideration.

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Official, authentic, real.

Like FYC screenplays, this is an official copy provided by the studio or original author.


Unofficial reproduction.

This is a tricky one to explain. On one hand, this screenplay is an unofficial copy. On the other, it's formatted and transcribed by a professional writer and not a fan. Basically, that's why we've chosen to list it. So, although the typesetting and dialogue may be accurate, the scenarios and action blocks are likely not the works of the original credited screenwriter.


Digitized version of the screenplay-actual.

Using a scanner, the paper version of the ORIGINAL script was digitized. Yep, it's that simple.

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