2018 was a resurgant year for Nicolas Cage, as he starred in the critically-acclaimed & commercially successful film, Mandy. Now, the studio behind the film, SpectreVision is out to team up with the veteran actor for another go in an adaptation of, the literary visionary, H.P. Lovecraft‘s novella, Color Out of Space. The film is to be produced by SpectreVision’s Daniel Noah, Josh C. Waller, Lisa Whalen and Elijah Wood. For ACE Pictures, Timur Bekbosunov, Johnny Chang, Emma Lee and Peter Wong will executive produce, and Stacy Jorgensen will executive produce for SpectreVision.
Leading the sci-fi drama to the big screen is an interesting candidate. SpectreVision has turned to a director with a massive cult-following and an embattled past with Richard Stanley, who makes his feature film debut 23 years after his controversial release from 1996’s The Island of Doctor Moreau, starring Marlon Brando and Val Kilmer. Before that, he directed beloved cult films Hardware and Dust Devil.
In speaking about the hiring, CEO of ACE Pictures, Johnny Chang said, “ACE Pictures Entertainment is thrilled to finance and co-produce COLOR OUT OF SPACE, our second collaboration with SpectreVision. The adaptation by Richard Stanley is outstanding and unique, a perfect canvas for Nicolas Cage’s inimitable acting style. We are tremendously excited to continue our partnership with SpectreVision and their signature style of genre.”
SpectreVision’s Daniel Noah also exclaimed his excitement for the upcoming project, saying, “Lovecraft is the dark father of modern horror, and we have been searching for an adaptation that captures the true scope of his cosmic dread for years. Richard Stanley – a wizard in his own right – will at long last bring Lovecraft’s humbling power to the screen unfiltered.”
The film itself will include a cast of Nicolas Cage, Joely Richardson, Tommy Chong, Elliot Knight, Julian Hilliard, and Q’Orianka Kilcher in an interesting film that will see their characters evolve both figuratively and literally, as the synopsis for Color Out of Space suggests…
COLOR OUT OF SPACE is a story of cosmic terror about The Gardners, a family who moves to a remote farmstead in rural New England to escape the hustle of the 21st century. They are busy adapting to their new life when a meteorite crashes into their front yard. The mysterious aerolite seems to melt into the earth, infecting both the land and the properties of space-time with a strange, otherworldly color. To their horror, the Gardner family discover that this alien force is gradually mutating every life form that it touches…including them.
Principal photography for Color Out of Space begins next month. No set release date has been announced, as of this writing.