Jay Baruchel to Become Scary Beatnick Writer Type

Jay Baruchel isn’t exactly a household name, but he’s starting to compile a diverse enough resume of past work that audiences have got to be taking notice of him, at least enough to start thinking of him as a “that guy.” Some may know him as the fidgety dude in a lot of Judd Apatow stuff, some may recognize him as being the voice of the lead character in How to Train Your Dragon, others might think of him as the kid who co-starred next to Nic Cage’s hair extensions in The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, or maybe your memory even goes as far back as to recognize him as the stalker fanboy from Almost Famous. Well now Baruchel is going to be adding one more point of reference in his scheme to get recognition: he’s going to be the guy that writes those movies.

Already the actor has a writing credit for co-adapting the screenplay for his upcoming hockey comedy Goon, and now Baruchel is said to have a couple more projects on the way as well. He has already signed on to adapt Jimmy Palmiotti and Justin Gray’s comic book “Random Acts of Violence” for the big screen. It’s a meta sort of story about two comic creators having success with a murderous character named Slasherman, but then having their good times derailed when it starts looking like their character has come to life and began killing in the real world.

In addition to this, Baruchel is also close to signing on to do a re-write of Exorcism Diaries, which is based off of a book called “The Real Story Behind The Exorcist” by Mark Opasnick. It’s another sort of scary things come to real life story, as it’s about a reporter who is investigating one of the most famous accounts of exorcism in history, who then starts having creepy things happen to her. Chilling.

With James Franco off writing and creating God knows what, Seth Rogen and Jason Segal having great success writing their own comedies, and even the weird looking dude having a writing credit on a movie called Standing Still, this means that the only male member of the principle cast of Undeclared who hasn’t become a writer of feature films is the British guy. What’s up with that British guy? Looks like you’ve got some work to do. [Heat Vision]

Weaned on the genre films of the 80s. Reared by the independent movement of the 90s. Earned a BA for writing stuff in the 00s. Reviews current releases at

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