Jared Hess broke onto the scene with a small indie comedy at the 2004 Sundance Film Festival. Napoleon Dynamite quickly took over the world, becoming one of the biggest cult blockbusters of all time. Jess followed the film up with Nacho Libre, which sounded like a sure thing – Jack Black as a masked Mexican wrestler. I know the film is popular around kids, but it registered as a huge disappointment to most of the high school and college crowd.
Well Hess is returning to Fox Searchlight, where it all began, to direct a script he again co-wrote with his wife and writing partner Jerusha Hess titled Gentlemen Broncos. The idea sounds like a true return to form, or at least promises a return to form. Broncos follows a high school outcast who’s an aspiring fantasy author, who attends a fantasy convention and discovers that his supposed masterpiece “Yeast Lords” was ripped off by legendary novelist Ronald Chevalier, who has in recent years turned desperate for ideas.
No word yet on casting, but the idea sounds very promising to me. Filming is scheduled to take place next March in Hess’ home state of Utah.