RLJE Films has acquired the US rights to the highly-anticipated horror/sci-fi thriller Color Out of Space in a low-mid seven figure deal ahead of its World Premiere at Midnight Madness at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival. The film is scheduled to screen on Saturday, Sept. 7, 2019 at 11:59 p.m. at the Ryerson Theater in Toronto.
Based on the classic short story by horror great HP Lovecraft, the film is directed by Richard Stanley (Hardware, Dust Devil), who will make his return to the Midnight Madness lineup after 29 years. Stanley helmed from a screenplay he co-wrote with Scarlett Amaris (The Theatre Bizarre). Color Out of Space stars Nicolas Cage (Mandy, Leaving Las Vegas), Joely Richardson (“The Rook”, “Nip/Tuck”), Madeleine Arthur (“Snowpiercer”), Brendan Meyer (“The OA”), Julian Hilliard (“The Haunting of Hill House”), Elliot Knight (“How to Get Away with Murder”), with Q’orianka Kilcher (The New World) and Tommy Chong.
Color Out of Space was financed by Ace Pictures and produced by SpectreVision. Producers include Daniel Noah, Lisa Whalen, Elijah Wood and Josh C. Waller, with executive producers Johnny Chang, Peter Wong, Timur Bekbosunov, Emma Lee, Stacy Jorgensen, Elisa Lleras and Michael M. McGuire. XYZ Films is handling international sales on the film. The acquisition was negotiated by Mark Ward and Jess DeLeo from RLJE Films and Nate Bolotin from XYZ Films on behalf of the filmmakers.
According to the official plot synopsis: “After a meteorite lands in the front yard of their farmstead, Nathan Gardner (Nicolas Cage) and his family find themselves battling a mutant extraterrestrial organism as it infects their minds and bodies, transforming their quiet rural life into a technicolor nightmare.”
August 20th of this year marked the 129th birthday of Howard Phillips Lovecraft, who died at the age of 46 in 1937. It is not hyperbole to say that Lovecraft, who never saw financial or critical success in his lifetime, absolutely revolutionized horror literature. His influence is evident in almost all modern horror writers, including Stephen King.
“We’re beyond excited to be re-teaming with SpectreVision and XYZ Films for Color Out of Space,” said Mark Ward, Chief Acquisitions Officer for RLJE Films, in a press advisory distributed by RLJE. “Nicolas Cage unleashes another memorable performance – an incredible follow up off the heels of Mandy.”
Further details concerning the film’s release are pending.