Jack Black to Join a ‘Micronation’ for ‘Napoleon Dynamite’ director Jared Hess
The United Nations may have 193 member states, but many nations continue to exist despite the lack of recognition from the UN. While some of these unrecognized areas are subject to territorial disputes (Kosovo, Taiwan), many others, such as Freetown Christiania or the Principality of Sealand, function outside of other countries’ laws with little fanfare. Jack Black seeks to enter the world of bizarre eccentrics who form their own sovereign nations in the newly announced comedy Micronations from Napoleon Dynamite director Jared Hess.
Jack Black has been unafraid to throw his weight around for the purposes of comedy and/or self-defense. When last teamed with Hess, the duo turned Black into the Mexican luchador Nacho Libre, a masked wrestler who was often pummeled in the ring. Nearly a decade later, Hess plans on sending the School of Rock star into a very different type of battle, as Black’s character assumes the role of Head of Defense for the tiny nation of Valoria (population: 12), until the micronation finds itself in an overblown battle with the neighboring Wayne County, Nevada.
New Girl writers Robert Snow and Christian Magalhaes wrote the script. Brandt Andersen, Dave Hunter and Hess are producing the film under their newly launched banner Buffalo Film Company. Jack Black’s company, Electric Dynamite, and Damon Ross will also produce.