H.P. Lovecraft and Nicolas Cage seem like a phenomenally deranged combination, especially after Cage’s legendary performance in Mandy. Between Lovecraft’s depictions of madness to Cage’s ability to be totally unhinged, they seem like a match made in eldritch horror heaven. Well the elder gods have smiled upon us. Lovecraft and Cage are being brought together by SpectreVision, the producers of Mandy, in an adaptation of the novella, Colour Out of Space.

Lovecraft’s Colour Out of Space follows a surveyor who inspects a “blasted heath” in Arkham, Massachusetts. There, a meteorite hit the land of a local family, the Gardeners, and turned everything strange or foul, which can only mean it contained something alien. The story also involves someone going mad, because it wouldn’t be a Lovecraft tale without a little madness. The film adaptation will also follow the Gardner family, though they’ll be in the 21st century.


Colour Out of Space has served as inspiration for several films in the past few decades. I’m specifically thinking of Annihilation (2018) and its oil slick Shimmer or Colour from the Dark (2008) or The Color (2010). But none of them star Nicolas Cage. 

The film is set to be directed by Richard Stanley, who was behind the rather infamous Island of Dr. Moreau (1996). He hasn’t been behind the camera since then, so this adaptation marks his return to filmmaking.

Daniel Noah of SpectreVision said in the film’s press release:

“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. Richard Stanley — a wizard in his own right — will at long last bring Lovecraft’s humbling power to the screen unfiltered.”


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Joely Richardson, Tommy Chong, Elliot Knight, Julian Hilliard and Q’Orianka Kilcher will star alongside Cage.

There’s no release date for Colour Out of Space but check back for more news! What do you think of Cage’s casting? What’s your favorite Lovecraft adaptation? Let us know your thoughts on Twitter, Instagram, Reddit, and in the Horror Fiends of Nightmare on Film Street Facebook group!