Grudge Writer Stephen Susco Newest Writer on Hack/Slash
Take the concept of Showtime's "Dexter", about a serial killer who kills other serial killers, turn him into a seductive vixen, and add a plethora of sex and you've got the comic series Hack/Slash. We first reported on this developing project over a year and a half ago when Justin Marks was set to adapt the series later followed by the announcement that newcomer Frederik Bond would be directing. Now Bloody Disgusting reports that Stephen Susco (of The Grudge 1 and 2) is the newest writer to tackle the adaptation that Relativity Media hopes will turn into a lucrative franchise for fans of both comic books and horror films.
The comic centers on Cassie Hack, a woman who is the exact definition of the Final Girl in all horror slasher flicks. Hack not only survived, but she has become a killer of killers and travels to small towns across the country hunting slashers in the vein of Halloween's Michael Myers, Friday the 13th's Jason Voorhees and A Nightmare on Elm Street's Freddy Krueger. She's partnered on her journey with Vlad, a hulking companion who serves as her protector.
Though I'm no fan of either of The Grudge films, which Susco wrote before this, it'll take a horror writer to really give this comic some due so Susco might be an alright choice after all. Surely this is disappointing for Justin Marks, who can add this to his list of scripts (including Voltron and Masters of the Universe) that never seem to escape development hell. Susco is also writing The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 3D for Twisted Pictures and The Butcherhouse Chronicles for Paramount Pictures and Platinum Dunes so he'll have plenty more horror under his belt when and if this project ever gets off the ground.
Personally, I love taking the universes that characters live in and combining them in an unconventional way. So The Jetsons Meet the Flintstones is a pinnacle in entertainment! But in all seriousness, after the disaster that was Freddy vs. Jason, the idea of a killer tracking down iconic slashers who never seem to die sounds quite exhilarating. Now if only Cassie Hack could also kill the franchises that studios never seem to let die.