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This week has already been chock-full of comic book TV show news, with word that Y: The Last Man, The Boys, and two X-Men-based series are in development. But according to The Hollywood Reporter, the action-horror series Hack/Slash is also being adapted for television.
Created by Tim Seeley and Stefano Caselli, Hack/Slash tells the story of Cassie Hack, the quintessential “lone girl who survives at the end of every horror movie.” Rather than return to a normal life, she decides to become a “killer of killers” and hunt down slashers in the vein of Halloween’s Michael Myers, Friday the 13th’s Jason Voorhees, and A Nightmare on Elm Street’s Freddie Krueger. At one point in the comics, she and her partner Vlad fought the evil doll Chucky from Child’s Play.
Hack/Slash was originally planned as a film adaptation, but multiple delays, directors, and writers kept the project in development hell. Adrian Askarieh and Ray Ricord are the executive producers behind this latest attempt to adapt the series, which they intend to be “dark and gritty…in The Walking Dead mold.” Skip Woods (Swordfish, Hitman) is handling scripting duties.
No doubt some will criticize the recent upsurge in comic book TV shows, but two of the five potential series mentioned here are non-superhero (and one of the other ones, The Boys, has such an anti-hero sentiment that DC Comics stopped publishing it through its now-disbanded Wildstorm imprint). Producers are clearly starting to give consideration to some of the more different comic book properties out there, which will hopefully benefit both the television and comic book industry in the long run.
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