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The Apocalypse Gets a Larger Cast than Seth and Jay

By Steven Lloyd Wilson | Industry | April 9, 2012 |

By Steven Lloyd Wilson | Industry | April 9, 2012 |

Way back in 2007, a time of innocence before Twilight shattered our sheltered psyches on an alter of glitter, Jay Baruchel and Seth Rogen spent three hours filming what became a nine minute miniature film called Jay and Seth vs. The Apocalypse. The film has a 90 seconds trailer (below), but the full nine minute film has only ever been played once in public.

If you recall from the novel version of The Stand (that is to say, the only version since that disaster of a mini-series never happened), there were two waves of deaths. There was the first wave of people who died from the super flu, but then there was the second wave a few weeks later after armageddon faded a bit. Those were the idiots who might have been biological survivors, but were simply not capable of making it on their own without civilization to round off the sharp edges of the world. This film is for those people.

Baruchel and Rogen (along with writer Evan Goldberg) have managed to convince Mandate Films to give them control of the project and $30 million to make it happen. Over the last few months, progress has accelerated and there is reportedly an actual script in existence, along with a whole pile of actors attached. So far we’ve got: Seth Rogen, James Franco, Jay Baruchel, Jonah Hill, Craig Robinson, Danny McBride, and just announced yesterday: Aziz Ansari. The film reportedly has all the actors playing versions of themselves, who are attending a party at James Franco’s house when the apocalypse begins.

There’s no announced release date, but I have this vision of a three month long party involving these actors lasting all summer and a frantic editing session in the three days before a cut is due. Someone is going to die in the process of filming, probably from a trident wound.

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