Napoleon Dynamite Director Jared Hess' Next Movie
Jared Hess is the genius filmmaker who brought us forever-immortalized Napoleon Dynamite and followed that up with the not-as-funny Nacho Libre. Since Nacho came out in mid-2006, Hess has been rather quiet. He's been working on another script which is already complete and going into production next March. What is it? It's called Gentleman Broncos and is another independent comedy that you need to hear the description of. If you thought the concept of Napoleon was funny (and who didn't?) then this sounds like it's kickin' it up a notch and getting even funnier.
Gentleman Broncos is a script that Hess wrote with his writing partner and wife, Jerusha Hess, who also worked on his first two films. The plot description comes courtesy of JoBlo. The film "follows a high school outcast who's an aspiring fantasy author. He attends a fantasy convention to show off his work and finds his supposed masterpiece - 'Yeast Lords' - ripped off by legendary novelist Ronald Chevalier, who has turned desperate for ideas."
School of Rock writer and Year of the Dog director Mike White will be producing. It sounds like this will be debuting at Sundance 2009, so keep on the look out for more on Gentleman Broncos then, if not earlier. They're shooting in Utah, the same place as they shot Napoleon and the home state of Sundance.
Having encountered numerous fantasy geeks in my life, I'm quite familiar the type and I'm laughing out loud just thinking about the concept. Just think if Napoleon Dynamite were a bigger geek / aspiring fantasy author and you get the idea. Finally a great indie comedy to look forward to!