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Full IN THE LOOP Screenplay Now Online – With a Special Note from Armando Iannucci

Posted on Friday, February 12th, 2010 by IFC Films News

Tags: Armando Iannucci, Awards, In the Loop, News, Oscars

The full Academy Award-nominated script for IN THE LOOP is now available for download right here.

Here is a special note from writer/director Armando Iannucci about the screenplay:

“For quite some time, I’d wanted to make a screwball comedy. A fast-talking, wildly acclerating ensemble comedy that gets stupider and stupider. I never imagined it would be about a war, and inspired by a very recent war at that.

But Simon, Jesse, Tony and I all felt that the more we found out about the dysfunction in Washington and the naivety in London leading up to the Iraq invasion, the more obvious it was that the only way to deal accurately and fairly with this topic was as a screwball comedy. When you hear that The Pentagon were recruiting only non Arabic-speaking civil servants to help run Iraq after invasion (because anyone who’d learnt Arabic must have suspiciously pro-Arab tendencies) then there is no alternative to comedy. Some people think comedy demeans a subject: I think comedy allows you to explore that subject from every conceivable angle. What we wanted to do was construct a plot so convoluted, present characters so outrageous, but root all of it in a detailed, accurate sense of realism, that we’d present a view of war as both wildly mad and yet utterly believable.

So we spent months laying out the plot of our story, weaving in references to real events, but all the time thinking of ways we could bury that reality underneath the comedy, devising plot-twists and farcical elements that hurtled the story along. It was very difficult to separate fact from fiction. Sometimes we’d invent stupid stories, and then politicians would come up to us afterwards and say ‘;How did you find that out? We thought we’d kept that quiet.’ The most sobering moment was when we showed the film to a theatre full of Washington insiders. They laughed thoughout, but at the end one raised his hand and said, ‘That’s exactly how it happened.’

I’ve been amazed by In The Loop’s reception in the US. When it premiered at Sundance, just as President Obama was being sworn in, journalists would say to me: “This is the wrong time to be showing this movie. There’s so much hope and optimism here.” Six months later, when IFC released it, those same journalists were saying, “This is exactly the right time to show this movie: There’s so much pessimism and disappintment here.” My only consolation is that it can take just another six months for all that to change.

And so, six months on, comes the biggest twist: we find ourselves nominated for an Oscar. Reality, it seems, is always full of surprises.”


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    James McNally says:

    February 12, 2010 at 6:18 PM

    One of the smartest and funniest scripts in a very long time. Good luck at the Oscars!

    BEN says:

    February 12, 2010 at 8:55 PM

    The screenplay for IN THE LOOP richly deserves the Best Screenplay Oscar nomination. A real masterpiece. Nazi Julie Andrews indeed! Now if we can get Armando Iannucci’s seminal TV series THE THICK OF IT (featuring key cast members reprising their roles here) released on dvd for USA fans…

    han says:

    February 13, 2010 at 6:20 AM

    Thanks for uploading the screenplay for an amazing movie & good luck on Oscar night!

    Yuval Daniel says:

    February 13, 2010 at 4:37 PM

    I agree. I had a lot of influence on me when I wrote my spec sitcom. Let’s hope it will attract the broadcasters.

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