Normally, we wouldn’t be here for an announcement of the next Nicolas Cage film. Let’s be real, outside of a couple recent winners, “Mom and Dad” and, of course, “Mandy,” the actor’s output still leaves something to be desired. However, Cage’s latest film not only reunites the actor with the producers behind “Mandy,” SpectreVision, on a new horror film, but it also marks the return of cult-director Richard Stanley.
“Color Out of Space” stars Nic Cage and is based on the short story of the same name from the legendary horror writer H.P. Lovecraft. The film will be directed by the aforementioned Stanley, who is stepping behind the camera for a feature film for the first time in over 20 years. Previously, the director worked on the films “Dust Devil” and “Hardware.” However, he’s probably most famous for being the original director of the 1996 film “The Island of Dr. Moreau,” before being subsequently infamously fired by fax. (The whole ‘Dr. Moreau’ situation was a complete shitshow and documented by the film “Lost Soul: The Doomed Journey of Richard Stanley’s Island of Dr. Moreau.”)
The synopsis for the film sounds like something that is right up Cage’s alley and could be something special:
“‘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.”
SpectreVision partner Daniel Noah commented, “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.”
Joining Cage in the cast are Joely Richardson, Tommy Chong, Elliot Knight, Julian Hilliard, and Q’Orianka Kilcher.
Production is set to start next month, so we could be looking at a premiere sometime at the end of 2019 or early 2020. Mark your calendars, people.