Jack Black is reuniting with director Jared Hess for the feature film comedy Micronations. The two previously worked together on the 2006 sports comedy feature Nacho Libre, written and directed by Hess.
The imaginative new film is set in a strange and absurd world of do-it-yourself-countries inhabited by a group of eccentrics who declare their own backyards to be sovereign nations. The story centers on a lovable oddball played by Black, who is recruited to be head of defense for Valoria, a tiny nation with a population of 12 people. While serving in his new position, Black's character is pushed into a battle with a neighboring nation, Wayne County, Nevada.
The screenplay was written by Robert Snow and Christian Magalhaes, who collaborated on the TV comedy series New Girl.
"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."
The movie is among the first to come out of Buffalo Film Company, Hess's new production and financing banner, with partners Brandt Andersen and Dave Hunter. Another Nacho Libre alum, filmmaker Damon Ross, will be producing, as will Black himself, via his company Electric Dynamite.
Hess specializes in offbeat comedies. He is best known for writing and directing the hit film Napoleon Dynamite.
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