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Napoleon Dynamite Star & Brothers To Develop Toons

As part of an overall first-look deal, NAPOLEON DYNAMITE Jon Heder, identical twin Dan and older brother Doug will develop animated properties for Universal Pictures, reports VARIETY. The Heder brothers shingle will be called Greasy Ent. and besides animated project will develop starring vehicles for Jon Heder.

Prior to becoming one of Hollywoods hottest young comedy actors, Jon Heder and his brother Dan earned computer animation degrees from Brigham Young. Dan Heder has been working at Sony Imageworks as a character animator on such projects as MONSTER HOUSE and THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA. Doug Heder works as a videogame producer at Activision on the Tony Hawk skateboarding game franchise.

The deal was put together by Universals production president Donna Langley, who said, "I was surprised by how well-rounded [Jon] was and how promising the ideas he had for characters and films were. When I asked if he'd ever thought about having a company, his face just lit up and he said that's exactly what he and his brothers always wanted."

Doug and Dan will run the day-to-day operations of Greasy, which will hire screenwriters to expand on the ideas the brothers come up with whether they be live-action or animation.

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