In an interview with Birth.Movies.Death, SpectreVision’s co-founder Josh C. Waller has announced that they are still moving forward with the film adaptation of author H.P. Lovecraft’s science fiction short story The Colour Out of Space, which will be directed by Richard Stanley (Hardware).
“It’s moving along,” said Waller. “We announced that we were going to be doing it, what, three years ago? Let’s just say that we’re getting a lot closer. Significantly closer. Like, it’s coming up, so I will be busy with Richard on set with that sometime in the near future.”
The Colour Out of Space was written by Lovecraft in 1927. The sci-fi horror is described as follows: In the tale, an unnamed narrator pieces together the story of an area known by the locals as the “blasted heath” in the wild west of Arkham Massachusetts. The narrator discovers that many years ago a meteorite crashed there, draining the life force from anything living nearby; vegetation grows large, but tasteless, animals are driven mad and deformed into grotesque shapes, and the people go insane or die one by one.
Three years have already past since the announcement of SpectreVision’s involvement in the adaptation of Lovecraft’s short story. The film will be director Stanley’s comeback film since his dismissal from the 1996 H.G. Wells adaptation of The Island of Dr. Moreau, as chronicled in the brutal documentary Lost Soul: The Doomed Journey of Richard Stanley’s Island of Doctor Moreau.
Waller further added on about Stanley, “He got a bad rep because of what happened on Moreau, and to me, Moreau is nothing more than an example of bad producing. It’s not his fault, what happened there, and when you watch [David Gregory’s Moreau documentary] Lost Soul, you’re like, ‘You f—ing assholes, throwing him under the bus!’ It was an opportunity for some experienced producers and studio execs to work with a gifted young filmmaker, and help cradle him into the next phase of his career — not to be like, ‘Huh, why does this little gifted indie filmmaker not know how to handle all this money and all this pressure?’ It’s like, ‘Well, of course he f—in’ doesn’t know how to handle this s—. He’s never done this before.’ You’ve got to nurture, and it hurt him for many years.”
H.P. Lovecraft is best known for his works in weird and horror fiction. His most famous tales were The Rat in the Walls, The Shadow Out of Time, and At the Mountains of Madness., and his work has had a profound influence on horror luminaries such as John Carpenter, Guillermo del Toro and Stephen King.