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In the middle of the 20th century, one of the influential and intimidating power players was none other than Joseph Stalin. One of the three leaders of the Axis powers, Stalin is a man who's legend is only outrun by the political legacy that came after his passing in 1953. Ruthless and powerful, the man brought down the Iron Curtain with an iron fist. So naturally, the timing is ripe for the man's life to be lampooned at your local Cineplex- and Armando Iannucci is just the man to do it!
The Hollywood Reporter managed to catch wind of the writer/director of In The Loop making remarks on his next project, as Iannucci was introducing the British Film Institute screening of Starlight Memories. All the comedic mastermind would let slip was one simple logline, as he described that the film was, "a sort of comedy about the death of Stalin." Much like his infamous stable of characters, the man who gave us Selina Meyer, Alan Partridge, and Malcolm Tucker is one of the only people that could utter such a statement and not spark an outcry for sensitivity.
For those of you unfamiliar with the works of Armando Iannucci, or for those of you diehard fans that are now hankering for a fix of creative profanity and memorable dialogue, we present to you the following montage of In The Loop's Malcolm Tucker swearing up a creative storm.
As you can see, one of Iannucci's strengths as a writer/creator is stringing along profane language in such a rhythmic, poetic fashion that if you were told to fuck off by Malcolm Tucker, you'd probably walk out of the room with your head held high. However, Armando Iannucci has also proven himself a master of satire and knowing when to drop the moment that sobers the mood at the drop of a hat.
Armando Iannucci's eye for satire is matched only by his ear for current events, which is also reflected in the works of his mentioned above. With the ability to skewer breaking history over the fires of laughter, it shouldn't be that much of a stretch to see those skills transferred to past history. ]This project could even be Armando Iannucci's ticket back to the Academy Awards, as he was previously a Best Adapted Screenplay nominee for his work on In The Loop - a film based off of his landmark political satire series, The Thick Of It.Whatever happens with the Iannucci helmed Stalin project, here's hoping we don't have to wait too long to see a piece of history reverently adapted with a liberal amount of some good old dark humor!
The untitled project focused on the death of Stalin has no clear schedule for production, as it's still in the early planning phases.