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The Return of Napoleon Dynamite

HOLLYWOOD, Calif. ---- In an effort to capitalize on the 2004 indie hit film Napoleon Dynamite, Fox Television has given producers the green-light to create an animated version of the popular film.

According to E! Online and the Hollywood Reporter, Fox’s new animated series will be voiced by the original cast of the film.

Jon Heder, who recently backed out of a Will Farrell produced pilot for Comedy Central, is slated to revive his role as the title character of Napoleon Dynamite.

Just like the film, the animated series will follow the life of a listless, alienated, awkward high school student and his best friend Pedro as they attempt to survive high school in rural Idaho.

Fox has ordered up six episodes of the half-hour sitcom with Efern Ramirez slated to play Pedro, Tina Majorino as Deb, Aaron Ruell as Kip and course Jon Gries as Uncle Rico.

Jared Hess who wrote and directed the film six-years earlier will serve as the show’s executive producer. The Simpson’s executive producer Mike Scully has also joined the team and will take up the role as producer.

The show is rumored to air next year as part of Fox’s new Sunday night animation.

The film debuted at the Sundance Film Festival in 2004, and despite its modest budget went on to gross $44.5 million worldwide, quickly developing a cult following.

Photo: Napoleon Dynamite given new life as an animated series for FOX Television [Rough Draft Studios, Inc.]

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