IFC Films has bought U.S. rights to Armando Iannucci’s comedy IN THE LOOP hours before its preem at the Sundance Film Festival.

Produced by Kevin Loader and Adam Tandy, IN THE LOOP follows a British government minister who inadvertently supports a war on prime-time television. Pic stars Tom Hollander, Peter Capaldi, James Gandolfini, and Steve Coogan. Helmer Iannucci heads the writing team behind the Brit TV hit “The Thick of It” and wrote “In the Loop” with several of his collegues including Jesse Armstrong.

“We are going to celebrate tonight,” said IFC Entertainment prexy Jonathan Sehring. “It’s not often that you get to introduce such a major talent as Armando Iannucci to American audiences.

Pact was negotiated by IFC’s Arianna Bocco and Betsy Rodgers and William Morris Independent’s Cassian Elwes and Protangonist Pictures’ Ben Roberts.