Hardware and Dust Devil director Richard Stanley just helmed the H.P. Lovecraft adaptation Color Out of Space with Nicolas Cage. And today we hear that Stanley will be taking on Lovecraft’s The Dunwich Horror next!
He tells Arrow in the Head: “I’m pleased to say that SpectreVision has greenlit me to go forward with two further Lovecraft adaptations. So COLOR OUT OF SPACE will be the first of a trilogy. I have already started prepping on the second movie which is going to be a new adaptation of THE DUNWICH HORROR. It will take us back to Miskatonic University for the first time since RE-ANIMATOR. And it will also give us a chance to deal directly with the Necronomicon, the black book that lies at the center of the Lovecraft universe.”
And the third movie?
“I can’t tell you. For all kinds of reasons. But I will say that 2020 is set to be the year of The Old Ones. For whatever reason, everyone seems to be developing a Lovecraft project. The GAME OF THRONES guys are doing their Lovecraft movie. Jordan Peele’s LOVECRAFT COUNTRY is about to hit. And I think we’re going to be seeing a lot of Lovecraft adaptations in the next two to three years, being that the great man’s work is now in the public domain. So that means we’ve got to be a little strategic in how much talking we do about where this trajectory is heading.”
The Dunwich Horror is the story of Wilbur Whateley, son of a deformed albino mother and an unknown father, and the strange events surrounding his birth and precocious development. Wilbur matures at an abnormal rate, reaching manhood within a decade–all the while indoctrinated him into dark rituals and witchcraft by his grandfather. Written in 1928, The Dunwich Horror was first published in the April 1929 issue of Weird Tales. It is considered one of the core stories of the Cthulhu Mythos.