News briefs: Hack/Slash writer, Thor casting

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Adam-Troy Castro
Dec 14, 2012

Stephen Susco, the writer who adapted The Grudge for U.S. audiences, has been hired to adapt the comic series Hack/Slash for film, Latino Review reported; Hack/Slash focuses on a young woman named Cassie Hack who has made it her job to rid the world of "Slashers," humans (either alive or undead) who have the overwhelming need to kill.

Variety reports that Marvel Studios and Thor director Kenneth Branagh have signed Stuart Townsend, Ray Stevenson, and Tadanobu Asano to play The Warriors Three, a trio of Asgardian adventurers who fight alongside the Norse god.

The CW announced a Vampire Diaries Marathon, a weeklong programming event kicking off on Dec. 14, that will offer fans the opportunity to relive The Vampire Diaries saga from the beginning, with two episodes airing each night through Dec. 18.

Helicon Arts Cooperative announced that E1 Entertainment U.S. has acquired North American distribution rights to writer-director James Kerwin's black-and-white noir sci-fi movie Yesterday Was a Lie, which centers on Hoyle (Kipleigh Brown), a girl with a sharp mind and a weakness for bourbon who finds herself on the trail of a reclusive genius (John Newton) as events around her grow increasingly surreal.

The Robot Chicken season four DVD drops on Dec. 15, featuring all 20 episodes and special features, including Chicken Nuggets, Day in the Life, Comic-Con 2008 panel, New York Comic-Con 2009 panel, video blogs, Australia visit, alternate audio, deleted scenes, deleted animatics and commentary.

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