This year’s Midnight Madness lineup at the Toronto International Film Festival has been announced and with that comes the first photo from one of the more intriguing genre films of the year which will have its world premiere there – the Nicolas Cage-led film adaptation of H.P. Lovecraft’s famed 1927 short story “The Color Out of Space”.
The film marks the long-awaited return of Richard Stanley, the South African-born filmmaker of cult hits “Hardware” and “Dust Devil” who penned and was to direct 1996’s film adaptation of H.G. Wells’ “The Island of Dr. Moreau” but was famously replaced by John Frankenheimer a week into filming. The resulting production was a monumental disaster of epic proportions.
Though he’s helmed a few documentaries since then, this will mark his first return to narrative filmmaking since that week on ‘Moreau’. The short story is set around a small Massachusetts town where years ago a meteorite crashed into local shrubland in the wild hills to the west. As a result, the ‘blasted heath’ is seen as cursed – poisoning every living thing nearby and driving both people and animals to insanity.
The Midnight Madness section will also sport the local premiere of Takashi Miike’s “First Love” which has drawn some rave early reviews. The Toronto Film Festival begins on September 5th.
Oh hai gorgeous still from Richard Stanley’s Color Out of Space pic.twitter.com/7sOaGPPeUz
— Joshua Hull (@joshuathehull) August 8, 2019
Source: Bloody Disgusting