After Napoleon Dynamite
became a sensation, there was actual serious talk about a sequel. Jon Heder
, who became a star off the movie, was willing to do it. Now director Jared Hess puts a damper on any hopes for Pedro's re-election campaign.
"I think initially, there was talk about that but at least from doing another film, shooting another live-action movie with Napoleon, I just don't know if it would have the same charm, especially with the success that particular film has had," Hess said. "I think the characters of that world were so much fun, it definitely maybe warrants the continuing adventures of them so we'll see what happens."
If the sequel became a big budget studio movie, wouldn't that be a fun twist on the quirky indie world? "I don't know. I don't really know. Yeah, it'd be interesting to see how it would be received doing it but I don't know if people would ask for too much money to do it and that definitely would taint the creative process, people getting a real big paycheck just to do a sequel."
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At least Hess knows how other sequels suck, so he won't do it if he thinks Napoleon Dynamite 2 would become another statistic. "When sequels are an afterthought, they usually end up being bad but when they were originally intended to have multiple films made of the same story, when they're conceived that way, I think it works. But oftentimes when sequels are done just because the first one was successful and they do it for that, I don't know. I don't know, I love the characters so much, I think the idea of it has always been really fun but who knows."
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Story/Interview by Fred Topel
Starpulse contributing writer
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