“Within minutes of starting to read the graphic novel, I knew I wanted to make the movie version.” – Armando Iannucci, writer/director (The Death of Stalin, Veep, In The Loop).
“Read the Death of Stalin and just loved it. I started laughing the moment he died!” – David Mandel, showrunner of HBO’s Veep, writer of Curb Your Enthusiasm, Seinfeld, and SNL
July 25 sees the bookstore release of The Death of Stalin – the graphic novel that inspired the new Armando Iannucci movie, which hits theaters soon and includes an all-star cast – Steve Buscemi (Broadwalk Empire, Reservoir Dogs), Rupert Friend (Homeland), Jason Isaacs (Harry Potter), Simon Russell Beale (Penny Dreadful) and Jeffrey Tambor (Transparent, Arrested Development).
The Death of Stalin is a darkly comic tale about the power vacuum left behind by Stalin’s death.
When the leader of the Soviet Union, Joseph Stalin, has a stroke – the political gears begin to turn, plunging the super-state into darkness, uncertainty and near civil war. The struggle for supreme power will determine the fate of the nation and of the world. And it all really happened. In this special advance interview ahead of the graphic novel release, Veep creator and the writer/director of The Death of Stalin movie chats about how he first discovered the graphic novel that inspired his new movie, the changes he had to make from printed page to celluloid screed, and if he had any of the actors in mind whilst reading the graphic novel.