IFC Films has acquired U.S. rights to British comedy, "In the Loop," by Armando Iannucci, the company announced Thursday. The film, which will have its world premiere Thursday evening at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, was written by the team who created the award-winning BBC TV series "In The Thick of It" and stars James Gandolfini, Peter Capaldi, Tom Hollander, Gina McKee, Mimi Kennedy, David Rasche, Chris Addison, Anna Chlumsky and Steve Coogan. The deal was negotiated by Arianna Bocco and Betsy Rodgers for IFC Films with Cassian Elwes of William Morris Independent and Ben Roberts of Protagonist Pictures on behalf of BBC Films, Aramid Capital and UK Film Council.
"In the Loop" tells the story of a mild-mannered British government minister (Tom Hollander) who inadvertently backs a war on prime-time television, immediately alerting the attention of the Prime Minister's aggressive communications chief (Peter Capaldi), who latches onto him like a hawk. Soon, the Brits are in Washington, where a US General (James Gandolfini) thinks war is a crazy idea; the British minister's new advisor (Chris Addison) has his eye on an ambitious government intern (Anna Chlumsky); and soon there's to be a crucial vote at the UN.
IFC Films plans to release "In the Loop" via its IFC In Theaters program in 2009. The film will also go through IFC Entertainment's exclusive deal with Blockbuster, which allows IFC Films to service its titles through Blockbuster's stores, by-mail subscription services and digital downloading service at Blockbuster.com.
"We are going to celebrate tonight," commented IFC Entertainment president Jonathan Sehring in a statment. "'In the Loop' is one of those rare movies that you know is destined to be a classic. It's not often that you get to introduce such a major talent as Armando Iannucci to American audiences. This is comedy at it's best with an amazing cast that brings one of the best scripts in recent memory to life. Its going to do incredibly well on all of our platforms."