Color Out Of Space may be one of many when it comes to star Nicolas Cage’s current spate of bizarre-sounding movie projects, but this one arrives with the unique context of being a wantonly wild adaptation of a story by legendary horror author HP Lovecraft.
This prospective new source of “Cage rage” memes has the iconic headliner playing a family man whose farm-estate existence becomes incredibly inconvenienced when a meteorite lands on his front yard; an event that becomes the catalyst for an outbreak of a mutant virus that runs roughshod across his Massachusets small town, jeopardising his family and neighbours.
Famously embattled South African horror auteur Richard Stanley serves as director here, working off a screenplay that he co-wrote with Scarlett Amaris, adapting Lovecraft’s 1927 short story, The Colour Out Of Space.
You can watch the latest trailer for the film below, in all its pathogenically purple glory!
Video of COLOR OUT OF SPACE Official Trailer
Joining Cage in the Color Out Of Space cast are Joely Richardson, Madeleine Arthur, Brendan Meyer, Julian Hilliard, Elliot Knight, Josh C Waller, Q’orianka Kilcher and Tommy Chong.
Director Richard Stanley conjured sci-fi horror offerings like 1990’s Hardware and 1992’s Dust Devil before having his Icarus moment (flying too close to the proverbial studio sun) with 1996 HG Wells adaptation The Island Of Dr Moreau for New Line. He wrote the script and served as director for the Val Kilmer and Marlon Brando-starring movie, only to be fired a few days into production and replaced by John Frankenheimer, working only sporadically ever since.
The behind-the-scenes events of the eventual box-office bomb were chronicled in director David Gregory’s 2014 documentary, Lost Soul: The Doomed Journey Of Richard Stanley’s Island Of Dr Moreau. Indeed, Color Out Of Space is Stanley’s first feature-length directorial effort since Dr Moreau, which at one point a few years back, he was thinking of remaking.
On an interesting sidenote, the film’s fictional setting (as depicted in Lovecraft’s stories) of small-town Arkham, Massachusetts inspired Dennis O’Neil and Irv Novick to create the more-famous Arkham, the asylum for the criminally insane in Batman’s Gotham City stomping grounds, which the duo introduced into the DC Comics mythology in 1974. It’s quite the DC juxtaposition for a film featuring the actor who, at one point in the ’90s, was to be Superman.
Color Out of Space crashes into US cinemas in January 2020, with a UK release date to be confirmed. It was screened as part of the 2019 London Film Festival.