Long-gestating project lands new director. Walt Disney Pictures has reportedly tapped ‘Napoleon Dynamite’ helmer Jared Hess to direct the long-gestating sci-fi live-action family comedy ‘The Pet.’ The film – based on an original idea from Matt Lieberman (‘Short Circuit’) – centers on a man who’s abducted by aliens, taken to their planet and turned into a family pet. David Silverman, who directed ‘The Simpsons Movie’ and co-directed ‘Monsters Inc’, was previously attached. The most recent draft of the screenplay comes from ‘This Means War’ scribe Tim Dowling. With Hess onboard, the script is expected to receive further tweaking.