CATEGORIES Movie NewsJay Baruchel is the latest actor from the Judd Apatow stable to get proactive about the projects he'd like to see on the big screen. Like his 'Knocked Up' co-stars Seth Rogen ('Superbad,' 'Pineapple Express'), Jonah Hill (next spring's '21 Jump Street') and Jason Segel (November's 'The Muppets'), Baruchel is picking up the pen for two just-announced features.
The 'Sorcerer's Apprentice' star will write the big-screen adaptation of Kickstart Comics' 'Random Acts of Violence' and is in negotiations to rewrite 'Exorcism Diaries' for Summit Entertainment (via The Hollywood Reporter).
The films will not mark Baruchel's screenwriting debut, however. He and frequent Rogen collaborator Evan Goldberg ('The Green Hornet') wrote the film 'Goon,' about a team of misfits led to semi-pro hockey success by a beleaguered bouncer. The film, in which Baruchel co-stars with Sean William Scott, Allison Pill and Liev Schreiber, has finished filming and is expected to be released later this year.
Though Baruchel is best known for playing goofy characters, neither 'Random Acts' nor 'Exorcism Diaries' are comedies. 'Random Acts' is said to be the "blood-soaked" story of two comic creators whose horror-genre character takes on a life of its own, while 'Diaries' follows a reporter researching a famed exorcism, only to find herself being pursued by the spirit she is chasing.