It certainly seems like Nicolas Cage is very much on a weird horror movie kick at the moment, and it is we, the weirdo audience, who benefits. According to Variety, he is joining cult director Richard Stanley for an adaptation of H.P. Lovecraft‘s sci-fi/horror novella The Colour out of Space.
The project is being produced by Elijah Wood‘s production company SpectreVision, who were behind last year’s incredibly enjoyable Mandy, which is the perfect movie for anyone who likes seeing Cage in full insane mode while fighting a cadre of demonic bikers on acid. Frankly, that should be your thing.
Richard Stanley has not directed a feature film in more than 20 years. He’s best known for cult horror/sci-fi movies like Hardware and Dust Devil.
The cast also includes Joely Richardson, Tommy Chong, Elliot Knight, Julian Hilliard, and Q’Orianka Kilcher.
Lovecraft’s 1927 novella was hugely influential on the development of horror and science fiction. It’s about a meteorite which crashes down in New England, bringing with it a strange alien organism comprised of bizarre otherworldly colours, which damages and mutates the lifeforms around it. Sound familiar? Yes, Annihilation very much borrows from the subgenre that The Colour out of Space helped inaugurate.
Shooting starts next month. It sounds very cool.