The 2010 graphic novel Random Acts of Violence has begun it’s blood-soaked journey to the big screen. All thanks to Knocked Up and This Is The End star Jay Baruchel. In addition to acting in the film, Baruchel will also be directing and writing the screenplay. Joining him on-screen will be Jordana Brewster (The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning), Jesse Williams (Cabin In The Woods) and Niamh Wilson (Saw III – VI).
Random Acts of Synopsizing
Originally written by Jimmy Palmiotto (Harley Quin) and Justin Gray (Jonah Hex), Random Acts of Violence tells the tale of a comic book horror that transcends the illustrated page. The story follows Todd Walkley, creator of the horror comic Slasherman. Walkley, played by Jesse Williams, sets off on a road trip from Toronto to New York City for Comic-Con. Accompanying him are his girlfriend Kathy (Brewster), his assistant Aurora (Wilson), and his best friend Ezra (Baruchel). On what would otherwise be an enjoyable trip, they encounter a series of unfortunate events. A grisly string of murders seem to follow the group and it soon becomes apparent to Todd that the kills mirror those in his comic.
Road trips, intrigue, comic books, and gruesome murders! What more could you possibly want from an indie horror film? It’s like an updated ‘hip’ version of Dario Argento’s Tenebre. While most of you will recognize Baruchel from mainstream comedies, he is also known to be a “superfan” of the horror genre. Having grown up in Montreal, Baruchel regularly returns home for the Fantasia Film Festival.
Random Acts of Violence will be released by Elevation Pictures. Producers on the film include Noah Segal (Ginger Snaps) and Randy Manis (The Ides of March). Jesse Williams as well as Baruchel’s long time writing partner Jesse Chabot will join Ricky Tollman and Jonathan Bronfman executive producing.
Random Acts of Violence is currently filming in Toronto. Be sure to stay tuned to Nightmare on Film Street for further updates on this blood-splattered graphic novel adaptation.