Jay Baruchel: screenwriter


I love when actors branch out into other facets of film-making. Clint Eastwood, Ron Howard, and Zach Braff have done it! Now it’s Jay Baruchel’s time to shine! Yeah, you know, the guy with the maple leaf on his chest.

In addition to co-writing the script to Goon, the hockey comedy (not to be confused with Kevin Smith’s swan song, Hit Somebody) staring Baruchel himself, Liev Schrieber, and Seann William Scott, Mr. Steven Karp has two more screenplay projects circling him. 

First up, he’ll be adapting Kickstart Comics’ Random Acts of Violence, the source material written by Jimmy Palmiotti and Justin Gray. It’s “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.” Sounds right up my alley!

Also on his plate, or almost (he’s in final negotiations), is a rewrite of Summit Entertainment’s Exorcism Diaries. The script is based on the book The Real Story Behind The Exorcist by Mark Opsasnick and “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 harm’s way of the same supernatural entity that she is chasing.” I’m less excited about this one, but we all know I’ll watch just about anything.

I like Jay Baruchel as an actor, and depending on how Goon turns out, I’ll have plenty to look forward to in the future. Time will tell!

[via JoBlo]