In 2006, Jack Black starred in Jared Hess’ Nacho Libre, a comedy loosely based on a real-life priest who'd moonlighted as a masked luchador. The film made an admirable $99 million worldwide but since seems to have slipped from the public consciousness. It earned bleh reviews, whereas Hess’ pseudo-iconic cult hit Napoleon Dynamite permeated every facet of American culture for a hot minute.
Now, Jack Black will reunite with his Nacho Libre tag-team partner Hess for Micronations, to be produced by Buffalo Film Company, Comingsoon reports. New Girl scribes Christian Magalhaes and Robert Snow are writing the screenplay. Here’s the synopsis:
In Micronations, a lovable oddball finds a place to belong among 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…or “micronations.” He soon finds himself recruited as Head of Defense for the tiny nation of Valoria (population: 12), and is thrust into an overblown battle with neighboring nation, Wayne County, Nevada.
“Once I learned that there were people within the United States who have created their very own countries, I knew I had to a movie about them,” says Hess. “Jack and I have been looking for another project to team up on, and the hilarious world of Micronations spoke to both of us.”
To be honest (not that I frequently lie to you), I’ve never been a Napoleon Dynamite or Nacho Libre fan. The proliferation of “Vote for Pedro” shirts at Kohl’s is of the same annoying ilk as The Nightmare Before Christmas becoming a Hot Topic staple. But a couple weeks ago, I spoke with Quentin Dupieux, who cast Jon Heder in his latest film, Realite. When asked why he chose Heder, he gushed about how brilliant Napoleon Dynamite is, citing its camerawork and pacing as exemplary postmodern touches. I genuinely want to revisit the film, now that the cult has dwindled and died. I adore Jack Black, however: He commits so hard to everything, even when he shouldn’t, and his disarmingly empathetic turn in Bernie would have received more acclaim had Black been any other actor.