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Jay Baruchel tries his hand at screenwriting again with Random Acts of Violence and Exorcism Diaries

May. 5, 2011by: George Merchan
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Jay Baruchel (HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON, SHE'S OUT OF MY LEAGUE) has already cut his teeth on the word processor with the upcoming hockey comedy GOON (which he co-wrote with PINEAPPLE EXPRESS and SUPERBAD scribe Evan Goldberg), and now THR's Heat Vision is reporting that the lanky thesp (with co-writer Jesse Chabot) will adapt Kickstart Comics' RANDOM ACTS OF VIOLENCE on top of being in final negotiations to rewrite Summit Entertainment's EXORCISM DIARIES. Hollywood's evidently got some confidence in the guy!

RANDOM ACTS OF VIOLENCE - written by Jimmy Palmiotti and Justin Gray - "is the blood-soaked story of two comic creators and their ultimate horror character Slasherman creation gone very wrong. The creators start to see success flowing like a river, but when that river turns bloody and people start dying in the midst of a signing tour, it becomes clear that their creation has taken a life of its own."

Summit's EXORCISM DIARIES meanwhile - based on the book The Real Story Behind The Exorcist by Mark Opsasnick - "centers on a reporter searching for the truth behind the most famous exorcism in history, but soon discovers that the real-life story is not quite finished. As a result, she finds herself in harms way of the same supernatural entity that she is chasing."

Before any of this, though, Baruchel will be seen onscreen in the aforementioned GOON, opposite Seann William Scott and Liev Schreiber. Heat Vision also mentions that Baruchel has been (weirdly) cast in David Cronenberg's COSMOPOLIS to boot. Lots of confidence indeed!
Extra Tidbit: Baruchel attended the same high school as Christopher Plummer and William Shatner.
Source: THR

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10:19PM on 05/05/2011

whatever, I'll check it out BUT

GOON is where it's at. I was around during the filming of it over in Winnipeg. Some of the script was told on the local rock radio station there and it sounded HILARIOUS and brutal at the same time.

Word on the street is they're still shopping it around but if they don't find an american distributor in the next few months they'll just release it in Canada at the start of next hockey season (September/October)
GOON is where it's at. I was around during the filming of it over in Winnipeg. Some of the script was told on the local rock radio station there and it sounded HILARIOUS and brutal at the same time.

Word on the street is they're still shopping it around but if they don't find an american distributor in the next few months they'll just release it in Canada at the start of next hockey season (September/October)
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10:20AM on 05/05/2011
I like Baruchel. He has a good balance of work and seems talented. He also seems to have made enough wiggle room from the Apatow clan before becoming institutionalised. Very good voice, and strong comedic presence.
I like Baruchel. He has a good balance of work and seems talented. He also seems to have made enough wiggle room from the Apatow clan before becoming institutionalised. Very good voice, and strong comedic presence.
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8:48AM on 05/05/2011

Keep him rolling

I like this kid,she's out of my league was good girlfriend movie material and he carried the movie well. This is the first I have heard of goon but it sounds awesome,maybe it will wipe away the taste of sorcerers apprentice,other than that movie he's been all good
I like this kid,she's out of my league was good girlfriend movie material and he carried the movie well. This is the first I have heard of goon but it sounds awesome,maybe it will wipe away the taste of sorcerers apprentice,other than that movie he's been all good
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7:43AM on 05/05/2011
I like this actor. Very distinct voice as well. All the best for what his doing, the confidence should pay off! :)
I like this actor. Very distinct voice as well. All the best for what his doing, the confidence should pay off! :)
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