Iannucci teams up with Will Smith

New BBC film

Armando Iannucci has teamed up with ‘posh boy’ stand-up Will Smith for a new film.

The pair, who worked together on The Thick Of It, have written the script of Out The Window with Smith’s regular writing partner Roger Drew.

The comedy is being backed by BBC Films, which is putting together a £13.5million budget, according to reports from the Cannes Film Festival.

It is scheduled for a release next year, and Iannucci will direct – although no casting has yet been announced.

Screen Daily said the plot hinges on voyeurism and is about 'an incident that is witnessed but deeply misinterpreted, setting off a series of events that spiral out of control'.

Smith played political researcher Phil Smith in Iannucci’s acclaimed satire and also appeared in the Radio 4 show Armando Iannucci’s Charm Offensive.

Some parts of the media, including the Mirror, Metro and the Press Association, and have mistakenly reported that it is Hollywood actor Will Smith involved in the project, rather than the British comedian.

Published: 17 May 2010

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