Filmmaker Richard Stanley, director of the H.P. Lovecraft adaptation Color Out Of Space, has announced that he’s writing two follow-up films. Color Out Of Space is intended to be the first film in a trilogy of Lovecraft adaptations.
Richard Stanley announced these projects in a Q&A following the film’s Los Angeles premiere screening, which was moderated by Patton Oswalt and also featured the film’s star, Nicolas Cage.
When Oswalt pointed out the number of Lovecraft Easter eggs hidden in the film, Stanley responded, “I’m pleased to say that this is the first in a trilogy. I’m really hard at work on the second script.” He says that his next script is an adaptation of The Dunwich Horror, a 1928 story by the infamous horror author.
Asked if he’s making a linked “Lovecraftverse,” Stanley responded that Lovecraft “already did,” so he doesn’t need to. Oswalt asked Cage if he’s involved, and Cage responded that he doesn’t know.
Production studio Spectrevision (which was, notably, founded by Elijah Wood in 2010) has previously said that they’d love for Stanley to make a trilogy, and this confirms that it’s actually happening.
Color Out Of Space is Stanley’s first feature-length narrative fiction film since 1992’s Dust Devil; the filmmaker famously exited the spotlight after being fired from a doomed adaptation of the H.G. Wells story “The Island of Dr. Moreau” in the ’90s. GameSpot reviewed Color Out Of Space last year, writing that the film does a good job of “making you feel like you’re a part of a Lovecraftian cosmic horror story, and following the author’s style of storytelling.”
Color Out of Space hits theaters in the US January 24.