Today marks the start of the Sundance Film Festival, where the next batch of indie all-stars will clamor for acclaim and attention. But before a single premiere’s debuted, one comedy is already earning headlines.
THR reports Don Verdean, the latest from Napoleon Dynamite director Jared Hess, has been acquired by Lionsgate, which will distribute the pic in North America.
Sight unseen, it’s little wonder why. The comedy about a biblical archaeologist who is forced to get “creative” when his latest expedition turns up nothing boasts a pretty stellar cast that includes, Sam Rockwell, Jemaine Clement, Amy Ryan, Danny McBride, Leslie Bibb and Will Forte.
Co-written with his wife Jerusha, Don Verdean will be Hess’s first film release since the 2009 Clement-fronted comedy Gentlemen Bronchos.
As big a fan as I am of Napoleon Dynamite, I’ve been pretty underwhelmed by Hess’s follow-ups, including Nacho Libre. And considering both he and his wife are devout members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, I suspect this religious-themed comedy will play it pretty gosh-golly safe. Still, it has Flight of the Conchords Jemaine Clement. And I can’t resist his sugar lumps.