Jay Baruchel found success with his first venture into screenwriting, the hockey comedy Goon. The movie premiered Saturday at the Toronto International Film Festival, and is expected to come out of the fest with a distribution deal. The actor/writer is not one to rest on his laurels, and is already setting up his next project—another sports comedy—with writing partner Jesse Chabot. Variety reports Baruchel and Chabot will adapt the 2005 non-fiction book Baseballissimo by Dave Bidini. The book “charts the author’s family adventures in Nettuno, the baseball capital of Italy, where American G.I.s introduced the game in 1944.” Rush frontman and “baseball fanatic” Geddy Lee optioned the book last year, and will team with A71 president David Miller and Bidini to produce.
I love a good sports comedy, and given Matt and Steve’s reaction to Goon, Baruchel and Chabot are the right men for the job. Currently, the duo is also working on Random Acts of Violence and Exorcism Diaries. Read the synopsis for Baseballissimo after the jump.
Though his life has already been the subject of a compelling documentary, The Devil and Daniel Johnston, there’s certainly more to be told about the life of the truly odd and troubled outside musician Johnston, and it seems filmmaker David Miller (My Suicide) is already hard at work on sharing it. Here’s what he to say about the project to Pedestrian, via the Playlist:
“I’ve got a few things going – we’re doing a Daniel Johnston biopic and I’m Producing and Writing and Gabriel Sunday our star [from My Suicide] he’s going to be Directing and playing young Daniel. It’s going to be an epic super hero story and it’s going to be a narrative biopic so it doesn’t really cover any of the same stuff that the famous Devil And Daniel Johnston Documentary that won Sundance in 2005 covers.”
Struggling with mental illness that has had him institutionalized, Johnston has managed to create a truly unique brand of folk music and also become an accomplished painter, so it’s only natural this project would draw the interest of some big-name actors. Hit the jump to hear who Miller says those might be.