The big-screen directorial career of Marcus Nispel has so far been rooted largely in remakes and reimaginings: he’s made The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Friday the 13th and Conan the Barbarian. But not the original versions of any of those three stories. He also made the viking film Pathfinder, a loose remake of a Norwegian movie from 1987.
Now he’s the latest guy to step aboard the Hack/Slash adaptation train, which has been crawling slowly through the Hollywood landscape since 2008. Read More »
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When is a motion comic not a motion comic? When it is an ‘illustrated film.’ I’ll leave it to you, our readers, to ponder the difference between those terms while you think about the upcoming illustrated film version of the comic Hack/Slash. A film based on the comic has been slowly working through development for a couple years, and we haven’t heard much about it since Stephen Susco was hired to write a new draft almost a year ago.
While the live-action film version struggles through development, Matt Pizzolo (Godkiller) will create the illustrated film version of Hack/Slash for Halo-8 Entertainment. Read More »
The potential film version of the comic book Hack/Slash has been making news for over a year now. Two reasons. One, it’s classic fanbait: hot girl plus skimpy clothes plus violence. And two, it was originally handed to screenwriter Justin Marks, the guy who became blog fodder for having a bunch of high-profile writing gigs with no produced credits. Then the Marks-penned Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li came out, and suddenly we weren’t writing about Marks nearly as often. As is so often the case, the lousiness of Street Fighter may or may not actually have anything to do with the Marks script, but with nothing else bearing his name it’s harder to give him the benefit of the doubt.
After being announced, Hack/Slash was passed from director Todd Lincoln to Fredrik Bond. Now there’s a report that a new screenwriter is on board, as well. In retrospect, when you think like a production company, hiring the same guy that is writing the new Texas Chainsaw Massacre for Twisted Pictures probably seems like a slam dunk. Read More »
Producers Adrian Askarieh and Daniel Alter have been discussing their various in-development videogame movies, giving very candid status updates and even the odd bit of surprising news. Perhaps the biggest single headline would be the signing of Bruce Willis for a Kane and Lynch movie. If you don’t know the game and can’t make and educated guess but are still somehow curious, he’d be the titular Kane.
In Summer of 2008, it was reported that Willis was in negotiations and Russ noted that he was still attached a few months ago. This latest break sounds somewhat more solid.
More on that, and a good handful of other bits and pieces after the break.
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Rogue Pictures has hired commercial and music video director Fredrik Bond to direct a big screen adaptation of Hack/Slash, the popular comic book created by Tim Seeley and Stefano Caselli.
The series follows a horror victim named Cassie Hack, who strikes back at the homicidal maniacs and serial killers, known as “slashers”. Justin Marks( He-Man and the Masters of the Universe) wrote the screenplay, which is said to be heavy on the comedy and horror. Rogue hopes to go into production this Winter or early next year. Todd Lincoln was previously attached to the project but moved on to other things.
Who is Fredrik Bond? The Swedish commercial director has been nominated , and ranked by Campaign Magazine as one of the “World’s Hottest New Directors”. Check out some of his commercials here. He is/was also attached to the American remake of Joon-ho Bong’s The Host.
There must be something about this Justin Marks guy. A couple years ago he was a virtual nobody. Then one day David Goyer’s wife discovered him and the guy was instantly attached to Super Max, an original idea for a Green Arrow movie. And with that Marks somehow became the hot new screenwriter for geek movie adaptations. Fox hired him to pen Voltron: Defender of the Universe and Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li, Warner Bros hired Marks for He-Man and the Masters of the Universe. We’ve yet to see a produced feature film from Marks and yet he’s getting handed gigs left and right.
Rogue Pictures has now hired Marks to tackle a big screen adaptation of Hack/Slash, the popular comic book created by Tim Seeley and Stefano Caselli. The series follows a horror victim named Cassie Hack, who strikes back at the homicidal maniacs and serial killers, known as “slashers”. Marks take is said to be heavy on the comedy and horror. Todd Lincoln will direct. There is nothing evident in Lincoln’s experimental short films and standard television commercials (which can be seen at this link) to help me understand why this guy was hired for this (or any) project. He must have had one helluva strong pitch.
Discuss: Who should play Cassie in the big screen adaptation? Megan Fox? Scarlett Johansson? Sophia Bush? Eliza Dushku?
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