‘HARDWARE’ DIRECTOR WORKING ON H.P. LOVECRAFT ADAPTATION

by Adam M. Wilcox

If you haven’t seen the cyberpunk classic Hardware, seriously, what are you doing with your life? Since being thrown off the set of The Island of Dr. Moreau famously by Hollywood bullies, Hardware director, Richard Stanley has kept a relatively low profile. Three years ago Elijah Wood’s indie-horror production company SpectreVision announced that Stanley had been tapped to direct the father of modern horror , H.P. Lovecraft’s adaption of “The Colour Out of Space.” Little has been heard until a recent interview with Birth.Movies.Death in support of the horror film Mandy starring Nicholas Cage. SpectreVision’s Cofounder Josh C. Waller has confirmed that the project is still a go. “It’s moving along,” said Waller. “We announced that we were going to be doing it, what, three years ago? Let’s just say that we’re getting a lot closer. Significantly closer. Like, it’s coming up, so I will be busy with Richard on set with that sometime in the near future.”

“He got a bad rep because of what happened on Moreau,” said Waller in the interview, “and to me, Moreau is nothing more than an example of bad producing. It’s not his fault, what happened there, and when you watch [David Gregory’s Moreau documentary] Lost Soul, you’re like, ‘You f—ing assholes, throwing him under the bus!’ It was an opportunity for some experienced producers and studio execs to work with a gifted young filmmaker, and help cradle him into the next phase of his career — not to be like, ‘Huh, why does this little gifted indie filmmaker not know how to handle all this money and all this pressure?’ It’s like, ‘Well, of course he f—in’ doesn’t know how to handle this s—. He’s never done this before.’ You’ve got to nurture, and it hurt him for many years.”

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