In an interview, Jon Heder, who famously starred in the film Napoleon Dynamite, discussed his intriguing idea for a sequel to the beloved cult classic which came out 2 decades ago.
The deadpan comedy, which came out in 2004, portrays the lives of three socially awkward high schoolers, Napoleon Dynamite (Heder), Pedro (Efren Ramirez) and Deb (Tina Majorino). Napoleon is determined to get his friend Pedro elected as class president while also pursuing Deb, who struggles to pursue her passion for photography.
And who can forget that iconic dance scene!
Despite its comedic nature, Heder’s proposed sequel for the film looks pretty dark. It adds a necessary contrast to the upbeat and whacky tone of the original film.
At the Steel City Con in Pittsburgh, Heder expressed his desire for a sequel to the movie. And while nothing has been confirmed yet, the premise looks pretty interesting…
Addressing the crowd, Heder said: “In my personal opinion, if there was a Napoleon sequel, it would have to be real-time. We wouldn’t do, ‘It’s senior year, and it’s a bunch of forty-year-olds pretending they’re still in high school.’ If it was coming from me — I don’t know how much they’re going to listen to me — but prepare yourselves, it’s gonna be dark.
“Part of the charm of Napoleon is the innocence of youth. They’re in high school, they don’t have any real responsibility or accountability too much, it’s all coming of age. Napoleon today would be: he’s entered the workforce, he’s got responsibility, he’s paying for maybe one or two alimonies, child support for one of them.
“But it’s great because it also gives our hero a very low place to start and he’s got to win back Deb, maybe, and he’s got to save Uncle Rico from prison, and Kip is actually roided-out from cage fighting. So Napoleon and Kip are getting there and Kip is tearing people up. I don’t know, there’s something there.”
And it seems like fans are totally down for the sequel, with one writing: “LET’S DO THIS !!! Loved the first one, I remember them talking about how successful it was because of the money it made Vs what it cost to make. Long as it’s as goofy and the story is good in 100% ready to pay to see it.”
While another commented: “20 year High School reunion would be pretty funny. The prison, cage fighting, and alimonies seem a little too serious and doubt that could be pulled off. The brilliance of the original was how relatable and simple the characters were. I could see Uncle Rico really being into crypto and NFTs. Kip struggling with a hip-hop career and Napoleon is a manager at some barely hanging-on big box store.”
“I mean, if he was galvanized in such an iconic role, why not bring it back? We all know Hollywood strays from anything truly individual anymore. All we watch is Rehashed and reworked to the appeasement of nostalgia. Surprised we haven’t seen a captain Crunch movie yet,” a third said.
While another gave their own plot ideas, writing: “Why dark though? Here’s what I want: Everyone is effectively the same. Life progressed as you would expect in small town wherever. Napoleon Jr. can’t relate to dad as he is coming of age. Heartwarming stuff happens. Roll credits.”
What do you think?