Jay Baruchel To Adapt Horror Comic <i>Random Acts Of Violence</i>

Actor Jay Baruchel, who recently co-wrote the comedy Goon, will adapt Kickstart Comics' blood-soaked graphic novella Random Acts of Violence, Heat Vision reports.

Published in April 2010 by Image Comics, the story centers on two comic-book creators who find success with with their first published work, a horror character named Slasherman. But when people begin dying during their book tour, it becomes clear the duo's creation has taken on a life of its own. The 72-page book was written by frequent collaborators Justin Gray and Jimmy Palmiotti, and illustrated by Giancarlo Caracuzzo.

"It's a horror tale that twists several of the genre's conventions," Gray told Comic Book Resources last year. "At times, it feels like The Hangover meets Silence of the Lambs. How's that for a combination? Random Acts of Violence plugs into and twists the human need to belong and identify with something bigger than ourselves. There's always been a fear that video games, music or comics lead directly to violence and the decay of civilization, [and] Slasherman is a Frankenstein monster that grows into a blood-soaked pop culture disaster."

Baruchel, who's known for roles in Undeclared, The Sorcerer's Apprentice and How to Train Your Dragon, is also in final negotiations to rewrite Exorcism Diaries for Summit Entertainment. He'll work on both projects with writing partner Jesse Chabot.

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