Nicolas Cage to star in ‘Color Out of Space’

Nicolas Cage (AFP pic)

Sci-fi thriller “Color Out of Space” is leading with Nicolas Cage; it’s a first film in 25 years for director Richard Stanley, adapting an H.P. Lovecraft story of the same name.

US author H. P. Lovecraft wrote slow-burn meteorite crash horror “The Colour Out of Space” in 1927, South African director Richard Stanley helmed his previous film in 1994.

Both are involved in a new interpretation of “Colour Out of Space,” which details the horrifying effects that a crashed meteorite had on the plants, animals, and human population adjacent to its impact site.

This adaptation appears to alter the original story somewhat, in that the farm belongs not to a local, but a family that’s recently moved in.

“Color Out of Space” is in production at SpectreVision, the same company that pushed Cage’s 2018 acclaimed action horror “Mandy.”

With filming to begin in February, the project has been announced just as the Sundance Film Festival begins and a few weeks ahead of February’s own Berlin International Film Festival (and the industry marketplace that runs alongside it).

Stanley became a cult sci-fi director thanks to the successes of two early 1990s films, robot warrior horror “Hardware” and hitchhiking horror “Dust Devil.”

After helming 1994’s 50-minute film “Brave” for the album of the same name by British prog rock band Marillion, doomed H. G. Wells adaption “The Island of Dr Moreau” followed.

Stanley co-wrote the notoriously troubled Marlon Brando and Val Kilmer movie but had to leave his role as director after only three days of filming.

Since then he’s been involved in several documentaries and short films as writer and director, with a handful of other feature films based on his writing; 2014 documentary and Horrorfest winner “Lost Soul” presented the “Island of Dr Moreau” debacle from his insider’s perspective.

In “Color Out of Space,” Cage heads up a selection of concurrently announced actors: Julian Hilliard of “The Haunting of Hill House” and Elliot Knight of “Life Sentence” and “American Gothic,” Joely Richardson of “Nip/Tuck” and “Event Horizon,” Q’Orianka Kilcher of “The New World” and “The Alienist,” and Tommy Chong of the “Cheech and Chong” franchise.