FilmNation Backing Armando Iannucci's 'David Copperfield' Adaptation
'The Personal History of David Copperfield,' the 'Veep' creator's third stint as director, will start shooting in June.
Emmy-winning Veep creator Armando Iannucci's adaptation of David Copperfield is taking shape.
FilmNation Entertainment has come on board The Personal History of David Copperfield, which is set to start production in the U.K. in June and will be Iannucci's third film as director after the Oscar-nominated In the Loop and Death of Stalin, the latter currently vying for outstanding British film and adapted screenplay at this year's BAFTA awards.
The film — which is being introduced to buyers in Berlin — was first announced as part of a BBC Films slate in 2015 and has been written by Iannucci and Simon Blackwell, who also earned an Oscar nomination for In the Loop, and created the recent critically acclaimed comedy series Back.
A fresh and modern take on Charles Dickens' semi-autobiographical masterpiece, The Personal History of David Copperfield chronicles the life of its iconic title character as he navigates a chaotic world to find his elusive place within it. From his unhappy childhood to the discovery of his gift as a storyteller and writer, David's journey is by turns hilarious and tragic but always full of life, color and humanity.
Speaking to THR last year, Iannucci said the book had "very funny" moments, including a chapter in which Copperfield invited his friends to his new house and "gets absolutely, catastrophically pissed, and its hilarious!"
FilmNation Entertainment will handle international sales and co-rep U.S. sales with UTA Independent Film Group.
Iannucci is represented by UTA and by Lucy Fairney at PBJ Management in the U.K.