Arts & Entertainment

Utahn that brought you ‘Napoleon Dynamite’ set to direct Minecraft film

SALT LAKE CITY – Jared Hess, a Brigham Young University graduate who resides in Salt Lake City, signed on to direct a film adaptation of the video game ‘Minecraft’ for Warner Bros., according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Minecraft is a sandbox video game available on many platforms that allows players to explore and create structures and worlds using blocks. The game went live in 2011 and quickly became a sensation, acquiring 100 million users in a few years.

It was developed by Mojang Studios, which was purchased by Microsoft for $2.5 billion in 2014.

Hess co-wrote Napoleon Dynamite with his wife Jerusha. Since its release in 2004, the film has become a cult classic.

More recently, Hess co-directed the Netflix documentary series Murder Among the Mormons alongside fellow Utahn Tyler Meason.

Hess’s portfolio also includes directing the Jack Black-led Nacho Libre.

Jason Mamoa, who starred in Aquaman and Dune, is also signed on for the Minecraft film.

You May Also Like
TownLift Is Brought To You In Part By These Presenting Partners.

Add Your Organization