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Nicolas Cage has been set to star in Color Out of Space, a horror film based on terror-master H.P. Lovecraft’s 1927 novella. The film will be directed by South African filmmaker Richard Stanley in his first feature in 20 years. For Cage, it’s a reteam with producer SpectreVision after last year’s hit revenge thriller Mandy. Principal photography on the new project begins next month.
The story centers on the Gardners, a family who moves to a remote New England farmstead to escape the hustle of the 21st century. They are busy adapting to their new life when a meteorite crashes into their front yard. It seems to melt into the earth, infecting both the land and the properties of space-time with a strange, otherworldly color, and to the family’s horror they discover the alien force is gradually mutating every life form that it touches including them.
“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,” Noah said in a release Wednesday announcing the project. “Richard Stanley — a wizard in his own right — will at long last bring Lovecraft’s humbling power to the screen unfiltered.”