May 5, 2011 / 2:26 AM / 7 years ago

Actor Jay Baruchel ramps up writing career

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - “She’s Out of My League” actor Jay Baruchel seems to have been bitten by the writing bug.

Jay Baruchel poses in Los Angeles, California in this May 21, 2007 file photo. REUTERS/Fred Prouser

After co-writing his recently wrapped hockey comedy “Goon,” Baruchel has signed on to adapt the comic book “Random Acts of Violence” and is in final negotiations to rewrite “Exorcism Diaries.” He will work with his writing partner Jesse Chabot on both projects.

“Random Acts” 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.

The comic was written Jimmy Palmiotti and Justin Gray, the writers of DC’s “Jonah Hex,” and was just released last week for download on Comixology, the comic world’s iTunes. The project is being developed by Kickstart Comics.

Summit Entertainment’s “Exorcism Diaries” is based on the book “The Real Story Behind The Exorcist” by Mark Opsasnick. The tale centers on a reporter who searches 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.

Baruchel co-wrote “Goon” with frequent Seth Rogen collaborator Evan Goldberg. He also co-produced the movie and stars in it with Sean William Scott and Liev Schreiber.

Baruchel isn’t leaving the acting world behind. He recently joined the cast of David Cronenberg’s “Cosmopolis” and will reprise the voice of Hiccup in DreamWorks Animation’s sequel to the Oscar-nominated hit “How To Train Your Dragon.”

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