"Hack/Slash" has seen its fair share of swaps on the long road to the big screen. The film saw a director switch when Fredrik Bond replaced Todd Lincoln following the sale of Rogue Pictures to Relativity Media from Universal Pictures. Now, "The Grudge" writer Stephen Susco has reportedly stepped in to write the screenplay which was previously entrusted to "Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun Li" scribe Justin Marks.
Relativity snagged Susco to pen a new draft of the "Hack/Slash" script, according to Bloody-Disgusting.com. Susco comes to the project with several horror credits under his belt, including the first two "Grudge" movies and the still-in-development "Texas Chainsaw Massacre 3D."
Judging solely from their past credits, moving from Marks to Susco may represent a shift in focus away from the lighter elements in "Hack/Slash." Marks' credits include un-filmed "He-Man" and "Voltron" scripts in addition to "Street Fighter." Although all of those properties involve heavy action, they also have more in common with Saturday morning cartoon stories than they do slasher horror tales.
Susco's body of work, on the other hand, specializes in blood and terror. Creator Tim Seeley straddles both of those worlds in his comics' stories, so either preference would make sense for the movie.
The new hire, following the revelation that casting news may be on its way soon, seems to indicate things are still in motion for "Hack/Slash" at Rogue, even if the Winter 2009 production start doesn't happen.
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