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Winterbottom currently shooting road trip comedy

IFC Films has acquired U.S. rights to Michael Winterbottom’s “The Trip to Italy,” reteaming Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon in a follow up to the 2010 road trip comedy “The Trip.”

“The Trip to Italy,” currently in production in Italy, is produced by Melissa Parmenter for Revolution Films with Andrew Eaton and Henry Normal exec producting. The movie is a co-production with Babycow and Small Man Ltd.

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“The Trip to Italy” is a semi-fictional improvised tour of that nation with Brydon commissioned by a newspaper to go on a driving tour of Italy from Liguria to Capri, partly following in the footsteps of the great Romantic poets.

“The Trip” took in $2 million at the U.S. box office and was also a healthy performer on VOD. The films are also based on the BBC series of the same name.

The deal for the film was negotiated by Arianna Bocco for Sundance Selects/IFC Films with GoalpostFilm on behalf of the filmmakers. Goalpost Film is handling international sales.

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