Nicolas Cage is ready to “Color Out of Space.”
The actor will star in Richard Stanley’s adaptation of H.P. Lovecraft’s novella. This is Stanley’s first feature film since 1992’s “Dust Devil” and the first since he was notoriously fired from the 1996 adaptation of “The Island of Dr Moreau.”
“Color Out of Space” revolves around the Gardners, a family who moves to a remote farmstead in rural New England to escape the hustle of the 21st century. A meteorite crashes into their front yard and 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.
Stanley has kept out of the limelight in the two decades since his attempt to remake “The Island of Dr. Moreau” blew up in his face.
The troubled production was chronicled in a 2014 documentary. The film was a long-standing dream of his, and seemed about to come true after he recruited Marlon Brando to play the titular character.
However, the project fell apart largely due to the mercurial Brando’s absences and chronic lateness, Val Kilmer’s bad behavior, various cast members quitting, and Stanley’s inability to work effectively with New Line studio executives. He was fired and replaced by John Frankenheimer.
“Color Out of Space” will also star Joely Richardson, Tommy Chong, Elliot Knight, Julian Hilliard, and Q’Orianka Kilcher. Production is set to begin next month.
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