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It was all the way back in 2006 that Jack Black and director Jared Hess hooked up for the first time to make the Mexican wrestling-inspired comedy Nacho Libre, and nine years later, they're set to reunite. Both are now attached to make a new project called Micronations, which has quite the interesting logline.
The Hollywood Reporter got word of this project out of the ongoing Cannes Film Market, saying that the project is based on a script by New Girl writers Robert Snow and Christian Magalhaes. Described as being about a world of "do-it-yourself-countries," the movie follows a group of individuals who have decided to declare that their own land is an independent nation. Jack Black's character lives in the country of Valoria - said to have a population of 12 - and serves as the head of defense. The plot moves forward as he is drawn into one war with one of his neighbors.
Insanely strange as it may sound, the plot of this movie is actually based on a real thing, and Jared Hess says that he's actually wanted to approach the material in some fashion for some time now. Said the director in an official statement,
“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. Jack and I have been looking for another project to team up on, and the hilarious world of micronations spoke to both of us.
While Jack Black used to be one of the biggest names in big screen comedy, in recent years he has been taking a few more non-lead. non-feature projects. That being said, he's started to make a bit of a comeback in that arena. Earlier this month saw the release of the dramedy The D Train, in which Black starred opposite James Marsden, and later this year will see the release of Rob Letterman's Goosebumps - in which the actor will play famed horror writer R.L. Stine. He will also soon be featured in the new political dark comedy HBO show The Brink, though it looks like he'll be sharing the spotlight with Tim Robbins.
Jared Hess first got his big break in 2004 when he directed the surprise hit Napoleon Dynamite - though his directing career hasn't exactly flourished in the years since.The aforementioned Nacho Libre got a largely tepid response from critics, and his follow-up, Gentlemen Broncos, was considered a rather notorious disappointment. A Hess film hasn't been released since, though he actually has two titles coming out later this year: the religious comedy Don Verdean, starring Sam Rockwell, and the heist comedy Masterminds, starring Kristen Wiig, Zach Galifianakis, Owen Wilson and Jason Sudeikis.
Micronations doesn't seem to have a production schedule or a distribution plan in place just yet, but we'll keep you updated as the project develops.