The Lovecraftian cinematic universe is coming, whether you’re ready for it or not.
A new clip has been released from the upcoming H.P. Lovecraft adaptation Color Out of Space, and it’s even more wild and original than what we were hoping for. The film stars Nicolas Cage as a family man who tries to keep from going completely insane after an alien virus-infected meteorite lands in his yard. It’s directed by Richard Stanley, and the filmmaker has infused as much Lovecraftian weirdness and brilliant color into the movie as possible. But don’t take our word for it. Check out this newly-released clip from Nerdist in which Cage’s character sings operatically while driving and then nearly runs over a glowing, terrifying-looking alien cat. Seriously, this movie is going to be so weird.
If you delight in Stanley’s interpretation of Lovecraftian strangeness, then we have some more good news for you. The director’s follow-up to the film, The Dunwich Horror, has recently been greenlit by SpectreVision, which means his previously-rumored plan of a Lovecraftian cinematic universe is actually coming to fruition. “It will be set in the same milieu as Color Out of Space, in a near-future, disaster-struck Arkham County. Hopefully, we’ll be able to get that before the cameras this winter,” Stanley told Rue Morgue of The Dunwich Horror. He then went on to share some brief details about the film, saying, “The brief is the same: to try to do the original story justice and at the same time continue to open up the universe. With Dunwich Horror, we’ll go on campus and get back to Miskatonic University for the first time since Re-Animator. We’ll also get to deal with the Necronomicon, the black book at the core of the mythos. So I’m very much looking forward to getting my hands on this.”
For an author whose works have long been deemed unadaptable, it sure sounds like Stanley’s got a pretty good hold on it. It’s a good time to be a Lovecraft fan.
Color Out of Space lands in theaters on Jan. 24.