Jared Hess to Direct Disney’s Sci-Fi Comedy The Pet

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Walt Disney Pictures and producer Scott Rudin have brought back to life the sci-fi family comedy The Pet and set Jared Hess (Napoleon Dynamite) to direct, reports Variety. Craig Perry and Sheila Hanahan Taylor will produce with Rudin.

The project, originally written by Matt Lieberman, centers on an everyday guy who becomes the pet of a group of aliens.

Rudin has been attached for years and David Silverman was previously going to direct, but Ress is now taking over the project, which was recently rewritten by Tim Dowling (This Means War).

Hess’s other credits include Nacho Libre and Gentlemen Broncos, as well as the new “Napoleon Dynamite” animated series.