In its second acquisition of the Sundance Film Festival, indie distributor IFC has purchased the rights to Scottish director Armando Iannucci’s political farce In the Loop, starring James Gandolfini, Peter Capaldi, Tom Hollander, and Steve Coogan, among others. The film will be distributed via IFC’s “in theaters” model, in which indie movies roll out on big screens and pay-per-view cable simultaneously, in order to broaden their reach. In the Loop is the big-screen version of Iannucci’s BBC TV series The Thick of It, which has been described as the British version of The Office set in the world of international politics. The film will debut tonight in Sundance and will bow in theaters and on cable later this year.
Additionally, IFC announced yesterday that they bought the Norweigan horror comedy Dead Snow from writer/director Tommy Wirkola (Kill Buljo: The Movie). The film centers on a group of co-ed medical students on a ski vacation who are plagued by a legion of evil Nazi zombies. The tongue-in-cheek comedy will also be released in 2009.