In the next step of the bizarre and steadily busy acting career of Nicolas Cage, it was announced today that he would be joining Color Out Of Space, officially adding an H.P. Lovecraft story to his lengthy resume.
The story, which was first published by Lovecraft in a 1927 issue of Amazing Stories, and told the story of a meteorite that crashed to Earth and started poisoning the nearby area. Plant life grew large but tasted odd, animals developed abnormalities, and people were driven to insanity.
Color Out Of Space will be adapted to screenplay and then directed by Richard Stanley. Stanley’s last job on a feature film was back in 1996 when he was fired from The Island of Dr. Moreau, based on the book of the same name by H.G. Wells. (Fun Fact: Stanely had also been to hired to both adapt and direct that one too! )
In a statement from SpectreVision’s Daniel Noah, who is one of nine announced producers (which include Elijah Wood), a vote of confidence was cast for Stanley:
“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 story has been adapted before, first in the 1965 Boris Karloff film Die, Monster, Die!, again in 1987’s The Curse, which starred Will Wheaton and John Schneider.
According to the statement, Color Out Of Space will see Joely Richardson, Tommy Chong, Elliot Knight, Julian Hilliard, and Q’Orianka Kilcher all join Cage in the cast.
No date has been yet announced for release.
Images: Trans World Entertainment,
Amazing Stories, and Nicolas Genin