The recent future for action superstar Nicolas Cage looks pretty promising. If we are still digesting his amazing performance in the stunning Mandy (2018), his upcoming projects don’t decrease in amount of expectations. After the announcement a few months ago that he will star Sion Sono’s English language debut Prisoners of the Ghostland, now we’ve learned that he will always head the cast in Richard Stanley’s new adaptation of H. P. Lovecraft’s short horror story The Colour Out of Space.
In the original story, a narrator pieces together the story of an area known by the locals as the “blasted heath” in the wild hills west of Arkham, Massachusetts. The narrator discovers that many years ago a meteorite crashed there, poisoning every living being nearby; vegetation grows large but foul tasting, animals are driven mad and deformed into grotesque shapes, and the people go insane or die one by one. Written on March 1927, The Colour Out of Space became one of Lovecraft‘s most popular works and remained his personal favorite of his short stories.
Richard Stanley, popular for writing many horror related films like Hardware (1990), Dust Devil (1992), The Island of Dr. Moreau (1996), The Abandoned (2006) or Replace (2017), has written the screenplay and will direct the adaptation for The Colour Out of Space. Besides Nicolas Cage, Joely Richardson, Tommy Chong, Elliot Knight, Julian Hilliard and Q’Orianka Kilcher have also been announced to star the movie. Currently in pre-production, filming is scheduled to start next month with Elijah Wood’s SpectreVision and Severin Films producing.
This is not the first time the story has been adapted into a feature film. Some of the most notable adaptations are Die, Monster, Die! (1965), The Curse (1987), Colour from the Dark (2008) or The Color Out of Space (2010).
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