UPDATED: Nicolas Cage is certainly building on his resume of genre-driven films with the new sci-fi horror pic Color Out of Space, which opens in limited release January 24. The film marks the first feature from celebrated cult filmmaker Richard Stanley since Hardware.
Based on the short story by H.P. Lovecraft, the film follows Nathan Gardner (Cage) and his family after a meteorite lands in the front yard of their farm. As things unravel, the family finds themselves battling a mutant extraterrestrial organism as it infects their minds and bodies, transforming their quiet rural life into a technicolor nightmare.
The film, which Stanley co-wrote with Scarlett Amaris also stars Joely Richardson (The Patriot, Nip/Tuck), Madeleine Arthur (To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, The Family), Brendan Meyer (The OA, The Guest), Julian Hilliard (The Haunting of Hill House, The Conjuring 3), Elliot Knight (American Gothic, Once Upon a Time), Q’orianka Kilcher (The New World, Dora and the Lost City of Gold) and Tommy Chong (Up in Smoke, Cheech and Chong’s Next Movie).
The U.S. rights to the film were acquired by RLJE Films ahead of its Midnight Madness premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival this past September. Based on the trailer (which you can watch below), the film is very much in the same vein of Mandy a fever dream of a thriller that also starred Cage. Like Mandy, the film is produced by Elijah Wood’s SpectreVision and XYZ films. Mandy banked a worldwide gross of $1,335,484.
Color Out of Space is produced by SpectreVision’s Daniel Noah, Josh C. Waller, Lisa Whalen and Elijah Wood. Executive producers are Timur Bekbosunov, Johnny Chang, Emma Lee and Peter Wong for ACE Pictures, which is also financing. Stacy Jorgensen serves as executive producer for SpectreVision.
Modern-day B-movie has already garnered a cult audience and has been gaining traction since its world premiere at TIFF with an 89% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. The film is set to open in 75 theaters with an additional 150 one-night-only eventized screenings at Regal, Drafthouse, AMC, Landmark and various independent chains.