Director Richard Stanley (Color out of space) was brutally dumped by SpectreVision after allegations of abuse by an ex-partner surfaced.
“SpectreVision will no longer work with Richard Stanley,” a tweet on the company’s account said. “We are proud of the talented cast and team behind Color Out of Space. Yet we are horrified by the charges against its director. We will donate future earnings from the film to charities dedicated to ending domestic violence. “
Scarlett Amaris, who describes herself as “Stanley’s creative and long-term partner,” claimed in a March 16 blog post that she filed a domestic violence, assault and battery complaint in October 2014.
Deadline has contacted SpectreVision for further comment.
RLJE Films purchases Nicolas Cage Horror / Sci-Fi Pic ‘Color Out Of Space’ ahead of TIFF Midnight Madness World Premiere – Toronto
SpectreVision was founded in 2010 by actor Elijah Wood, producer Lisa Whalen, and directors Daniel Noah and Josh C. Waller. The production company mainly focuses on horror films.
Color out of space is a 2019 American science fiction film directed and co-written by Stanley. It was based on the short story by HP Lovecraft, The color of space, and stars Nicolas Cage, Joely Richardson, Elliot Knight, Madeleine Arthur, Q’orianka Kilcher and Tommy Chong. Stanley intended it as the first in a trilogy of Lovecraft stories.
After a meteorite lands in the front yard of their farm, Nathan Gardner (Cage) and his family find themselves grappling with a mutant alien organism as it infects their minds and bodies, turning their quiet rural life into a technicolor nightmare.
The South African Stanley sold Color out of space for seven numbers low to mid before the world premiere of TIFF Midnight Madness on Saturday night.
For Stanley, Color out of space resumed its return to the Midnight Madness lineup after 29 years, its latest being the sci-fi thriller Equipment. He co-wrote the screenplay with Scarlett Amaris.
Color out of space was funded by Ace Pictures and produced by SpectreVision. Producers included Daniel Noah, Lisa Whalen and Wood, while EPs are Johnny Chang, Peter Wong, Timur Bekbosunov, Emma Lee, Stacy Jorgensen, Elisa Lleras and Michael M. McGuire. XYZ Films manages overseas sales.
– SpectreVision (@_SpectreVision) March 18, 2021
Dominic Patten, Anthony D’alessandro and Joe Utichi contributed to this report.