Jay Baruchel may be directing his first film this year, with word coming through that his adaptation of Random Acts of Violence is finally getting a move on.
Baruchel’s adaptation of the Image Comics graphic novel, which tells of two comic book writers who realise their latest creation “Slasherman” may actually be killing people in the real world, was bogged down in development hell for a few years, but production looks to begin quite soon.
“We have our financing and our leads, so it looks like I might get to direct that this year as well,” Baruchel told Collider, before revealing quite the interesting filmmaking team in line to bring the material to life.
“It’s going to blow people’s minds when people see the crew I put together. My friend Jason Eisener, who directed Hobo with a Shotgun, he’s going to cut my movie. He doesn’t cut other people’s movies, he only edits his movies and he’s going to edit mine,” Baruchel said.
“Bobby Shore, who shot Goon, is probably going to shoot it. Paul Jones, who did all our makeup effects on Man Seeking Woman – I’m going to guilt trip him into doing it. Matthew Good is going to compose it. It’s just a really cool bunch of people.”
Baruchel said the film will be a sort of “repurposing, a modern take on the slasher genre.”
“It’s very much about the nature of creativity, the cyclical nature of inspiration, murder as a form of creative expression, and also the wrong artistic journey of how someone can be swallowed whole by their own ideas. It’s fucking crazy and I’m really really proud of it. It’s probably one of the best things we’ve written.”
It’s going to be interesting to see how a Baruchel-directed horror film turns out, especially with material that holds this much potential.