In recent years, Elijah Wood’s indie horror company SpectreVision has emerged as a defining new voice in horror, delivering excellent genre pictures that tap into the surreal and the strange. Now, the shingle has announced that it will produce cult director Richard Stanley’s adaptation of H.P. Lovecraft’s short story The Colour Out Of Space. Stanley will also script COLOR OUT OF SPACE, which he’s been developing for several years.
Last year, Stanley had spoken about the project, stating: “There needs to be a scary Lovecraft movie. I want to make a bad trip film and The Colour...definitely has what it takes to be a very, very bad trip indeed.”
Spectre co-founder Daniel Noah released a statement on the company’s involvement, saying: “H.P. Lovecraft is the undisputed father of literary horror, and yet, bafflingly, there has yet to be a cinematic treatment that captures the dark beauty of the man’s oeuvre. Richard Stanley’s note perfect adaptation of Color Out of Space represents an epiphany for me — as it no doubt will be for legions of Lovecraft devotees around the world.”
Casting has currently begun, with shooting slated for a 2016 start. The Colour out of Space centers on a town struck by a meteorite that poisons plants, mutates animals, and drives people insane.
Stanley made waves with his 1990 cult classic killer-android flick Hardware and went on to make the 1992 favorite Dust Devil. Though the director was poised for great things, that all fell by the wayside after he was abruptly fired of off New Line’s 1996 The Island of Dr. Moreau, which went on to become an iconic flop and disaster.
Since then the cult director, known for his unique film style and sensibilities, largely disappeared from mainstream filmmaking and has only recently begun directing short films again. Stanley most recently appeared in David Gregory’s documentary Lost Soul: The Doomed Journey of Richard Stanley’s Island of Dr, Moreau, which details New Line’s barbaric treatment of the auteur and how the failure of the film shaped Stanley as a person.
Spectre was founded by in 2010 by Noah, Wood, and director Josh C. Waller. The shingle has previously produced the vampire film A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night and this summer’s fantastic, surreal serial killer origin story The Boy. They also just released the horror/comedy Cooties, which co-stars and was co-written by Insidious scribe Leigh Whannell. They’re next in production on the secretive gorefest The Greasy Strangler, which bows in 2016.
Clark Allen | Associate Editor