Variety is reporting that Steve Faber and Bob Fisher, the duo behind 2005’s hit comedy Wedding Crashers, have just signed on with Fox to script a comedy about a skinny American competing as a sumo wrestler.
The reason this is even a story deals with the fact that the skinny wrestler is apparently going to be Napoleon Dynamite himself, Jon Heder. Granted I thought Napoleon Dynamite was one of the worst movies I have ever seen, I do think Heder has some talent and there are going to be much funnier films in his future, and this may be one of them.
The story is based on Joshua Davis’ GQ report (“Supersize Me: The Hard-Won Wisdom of a 134-Pound Sumo Warrior”) about becoming the lightest man ever to compete at the U.S. Sumo Open two years ago. Davis included that episode along with excursions into bullfighting, arm wrestling, backward running and sauna in his book “The Underdog: How I Survived the World’s Most Outlandish Competitions.”