Cannes: Jack Black to Star in Comedy 'Micronations'
The project reunites Black with 'Nacho Libre' filmmaker Jared Hess, who also directed 'Napolean Dynamite.'
Jack Black and director Jared Hess are reteaming to make Micronations, a comedy starring Black as a lovable oddball who lives amid a world of "do-it-yourself-countries," i.e., backyards that have been declared their own countries.
Micronations is the first title from Hess, Brandt Andersen and Dave Hunter's new production and financing banner, Buffalo Film Company. Black’s company, Electric Dynamite, and Damon Ross will also produce. The project, along with news of Buffalo Film, was announced at the Cannes Film Festival on Monday.
Black and Hess worked together on Paramount's Nacho Libre (2006). Hess' credits also include Napolean Dynamite and the upcoming action-comedy Masterminds, starring Kristen Wiig and Zach Galifianakis.
New Girl writers Robert Snow and Christian Magalhaes penned the script, set in the bizarre and ridiculous world of "do-it-yourself countries" inhabited by a motley crew of eccentrics and visionaries who have declared their own backyards sovereign nations. Black's character soon finds himself recruited as head of defense for the tiny nation of Valoria (population: 12), and is thrust into an overblown battle with a neighboring nation.
“Once I learned that there were people within the United States who have created their very own countries, I knew I had to make a movie about them,” Hess said in a statement. “Jack and I have been looking for another project to team up on, and the hilarious world of micronations spoke to both of us.”
Added Brandt: “Jared is able to create unique worlds out of places we might otherwise overlook. One of his best collaborations was with Jack Black in Nacho Libre, so we are very excited to get them back together."
Brandt said after knowing and working with Hess for several years, including on Don Verdean, a production partnership made "perfect" sense. "Buffalo Film Company combines financing, production and creative direction, giving us a multi-faceted approach to filmmaking.”
Black is represented by WME and Hess by UTA.