FXX has ordered 10 episodes of half-hour comedy Man Seeking Woman, from Lorne Michaels’ Broadway Video. It’s slated for a 2015 premiere. Jay Baruchel stars in the project based on Simon Rich’s book The Last Girlfriend On Earth, Man Seeking Woman. It centers on Josh Greenberg (Baruchel) a naive romantic on a desperate quest for love. When his longtime girlfriend dumps him, Josh enters the dating scene, a nightmarish hellscape of untold horror. Despite the agony, Josh continues his search in the hopes of finding someone who will make all the misery worth it. Eric André (The Eric André Show, Don’t Trust the B– in Apartment 23), Britt Lower (Unforgettable) and Maya Erskine (Betas) round out the cast.
FX has found its man for comedy pilot Man Seeking Woman, from Lorne Michaels’ Broadway Video. Undeclared alum Jay Baruchel has signed on for the lead role in the project based on Simon Rich’s book, The Last Girlfriend On Earth, Man Seeking Woman. Described as a sweet and absurd look at the life-and-death stakes of dating, Man Seeking Woman centers on Josh Greenberg (Baruchel), a naive romantic on a desperate quest for love. When his longtime girlfriend dumps him, Josh enters the dating scene, a nightmarish hellscape of untold horror. Despite the agony, Josh continues his search in the hopes of finding someone who will make all the misery worth it. Jonathan Krisel will direct the pilot from a script by Rich. FX Prods. is producing, with filming slated for spring in Toronto, a rare comedy pilot shoot north of the border. This marks a return to television for Baruchel who got his break on Judd Apatow’s underrated comedy series Undeclared. Baruchel, repped by CAA, Thruline and Jamie Feldman, co-starred in last summer’s feature comedy This Is The End and will next be seen in Robocop and heard in How To Train Your Dragon 2.
In a competitive situation, a half-hour project from actor-writer Jay Baruchel has landed at ABC with a significant penalty and pre-negotiated license fees. Baruchel will co-write the 20th Century Fox TV/Tagline comedy with his writing partner Jesse Chabot. The semi-autobiographical project centers on a successful actor who eschews the fame and superficiality of Hollywood to move back home to Burlington, VT where he buys a house down the street from his mom and invites his two best friends from childhood to move in with him. CAA-repped Baruchel and Chabot will executive produce with their managers, Willie Mercer and Marc Hamou of Thruline. Baruchel is not attached to star.
The raucous R-rated hockey comedy Goon has racked up significant international distribution deals for Myriad Pictures. Starring Sean William Scott, the movie has been sold in the UK, Australia, France, Germany, Russia Scandinavia, Latin America, Turkey, the Middle East, Indonesia and South Africa, and several other markets. Magnolia’s Magnet picked up Goon for US distribution at Toronto and plans a March theatrical release. Scott plays a onetime bouncer who ends up vying with Liev Schrieber for the distinction of being the hockey league’s biggest goon. Jay Baruchel, Eugene Levy and Allison Pill co-star. The movie was directed by Michael Dowse (Take Me Home Tonight, FUBAR I and II, It’s All Gone Pete Tong). Jay Baruchel and Evan Goldberg (Superbad, Pineapple Express) wrote the script. Goon was produced by Don Carmody (Resident Evil, Silent Hill, Boondock Saints), David Gross and Jesse Shapira. Myriad’s other movies include Mike Figgis-directed Seconds of Pleasure, from a script by Neil LaBute starring Matt Dillon and Kristin Scott Thomas, A Common Man with Ben Kingsley and Ben Cross, as well as Edwin Boyd, Knife Fight and Chained.
This red-band trailer for the R-rated hockey comedy Goon is as rowdy as the rating suggests. Magnolia/Magnet picked up the movie — directed by Michael Dowse with Seann William Scott, Liev Schreiber and Jay Baruchel — at the Toronto International Film Festival and according to the Magnet website plans a March theatrical release preceded by video-on-demand in February.
Toronto, ONTARIO (September 13, 2011) – The Cuban/Wagner Company’s Magnet Releasing, genre arm to Magnolia Pictures, announced today that they have taken US rights to Michael Dowse’s raucous hockey comedy GOON. Starring Seann William Scott, Jay Baruchel, Liev Schreiber and Alison Pill, GOON was written by Baruchel with Superbad and Pineapple Express scribe Evan Goldberg.
GOON is the story of Doug Glatt (Scott), a dumb but loveable bar bouncer plucked from obscurity to be the enforcer for a minor league hockey team. In the tradition of great sports comedies like Slapshot, GOON delivers bone crunching action and laughs in equal measure.
Said Magnolia/Magnet President Eamonn Bowles: “GOON is a pucking blast. It’s a complete crowd pleaser that has all the elements of a future comedy classic.” Magnet plans an early 2012 theatrical release as part of Magnolia’s Ultra VOD program.
The seven figure deal was negotiated by Magnolia SVP of Acquisitions Dori Begley and Head of Legal and Business Affairs Chris Matson with CAA, attorney James Feldman and Kirk D’Amico of Myriad Pictures. CAA represents Baruchel and Schreiber.
The film is produced by No Trace Camping’s David Gross and Jesse Shapira, Don Carmody, and Jay Baruchel.
While most of the industry views the Toronto International Film Festival as a place to showcase films for acquisition or Oscar runs, festival organizers always stock the program with homegrown films. The festival just announced that part of the program, setting a Gala premiere for the Ken Scott-directed drama Starbuck, about a 42-year-old who discovers he’s the biological father of 533 children; Breakaway, a Robert Lieberman-directed hockey drama that features Rob Lowe in its cast; Keyhole, the world premiere of the latest film by Guy Maddin, a gangsters-meets-ghosts sonata that stars Jason Patric; the Jean-Marc Vallee-directed Cafe de Flore; the Michael Dowse-directed hockey comedy Goon that stars Seann William Scott, Jay Baruchel and Liev Schreiber; and the Mary Harron-directed The Moth Diaries. The fest previously announced Canadian galas for David Cronenberg’s A Dangerous Method and Sara Polley’s Take This Waltz.
Jay Baruchel has joined Robert Pattinson in the David Cronenberg-directed Cosmopolis. Pattinson plays a financial wiz kid who puts his life in danger by betting his entire fortune against the yen on a tumultous day in the adaptation of the Don DeLillo novel. Baruchel plays the shy guy who founded the company, and who acts as the trader’s conscience. Samantha Morton, Juliette Binoche, Paul Giamatti, Mathieu Amalric and Sarah Gadon also star. Baruchel just wrapped Goon, which he co-wrote with Evan Goldberg, and starred in and produced. He’s repped by CAA and Thruline. …
Maggie Grace has wrapped up her deal with Luc Besson’s EuropaCorp to reprise the daughter role alongside Liam Neeson in Taken 2, the film that Transporter 3 helmer Olivier Megaton is poised to direct. Grace just completed Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn and Lockout, which Besson also produced, and which has been set for distribution with FilmDistrict. She’s repped by UTA and Global Creative. …
DreamWorks Animation is giving some details surrounding the 2013 3D sequel to How to Train Your Dragon. Most of the the voice cast – including Jay Baruchel, Craig Ferguson, America Ferrera, Jonah Hill and Kristin Wiig — will be back. Dean Deblois will be the lone writer and director, while the first film’s co-director, Chris Sanders, will serve as executive producer. The first entry into the series based on Cressida Cowell’s books grossed almost $500 million worldwide.
A decade after their short runs, Judd Apatow’s cult series Freaks and Geeks and Undeclared are getting another shot on IFC. The cable channel has acquired all 18 produced episodes of the NBC dramedy, created by Paul Feig and produced by Apatow, and all 17 segments of the Fox comedy, created and produced by Apatow, from Paramount Pictures, which holds the rights to the two DreamWorks TV series. Freaks and Geeks premieres this Friday, while Undeclared will debut in the fall featuring a previously unaired episode. The two series helped break a slew of young talent, including Jay Baruchel, Jenna Fischer, James Franco, Seth Rogen and Jason Segel.