Cannes: ‘Veep’ Creator Armando Iannucci to Direct Stalin Satire (EXCLUSIVE)

Armando Iannucci, the soon-to-be ex-showrunner of HBO’s hit skein “Veep,” is set to write and direct “The Death of Stalin,” an adaptation of Fabien Nury’s graphic novel.

Nicolas Duval, Laurent Zeitoun and Yann Zenou, the team who produced “Heartbreaker” and “The Intouchables,” are producing the film via their Paris-based company Quad Films. The project marks their first English-language production.

Political satire “The Death of Stalin” opens in March 1953 during the Soviet dictator’s last days and depicts the chaos of the regime after his death.

“The Death of Stalin” seems the be the perfect material for Iannucci, who recently announced that he would be leaving “Veep” after four seasons as exec producer.

He also created British political satire TV series “The Thick of It,” helmed movie “In the Loop,” and has many other comedy credits under his belt, including several “Alan Partridge” films with Steve Coogan.

Shooting on “Stalin” will begin in 2016.

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