Gervais Creates Netflix Feature. Netflix will release Ricky Gervais’ Special Correspondents in 2016 and it will star Gervais as well as Eric Bana. Special Correspondents a work of satire, will be written as well as directed by Gervais. The film will be a co-production between Gervais’ Unanimous Entertainment and Bron Studios. Unanimous’ Chris Coen, Bron’s Aaron L. Gilbert, Manuel Munz and Larry Sanitsky will produce the film. Special Correspondents will not have a theatrical release.
Special Correspondents synopsis,
With Special Correspondents Gervais has written a modern comedy in which Bana plays a struggling New York based radio journalist, whose arrogance and decadent lifestyle has hindered his career. With his job on the line he fakes front line war reports from the comfort of his hideout above a Spanish restaurant in the heart of Manhattan.
Gervais had this to say about working with Netflix,
It’s the kind of great grown-up comedy that studios rarely make anymore, one that’s perfect for Netflix members around the world. Having shaken up the TV industry, Netflix is about to do the same to Hollywood. It’s great to be part of the changing future. Ted Sarandos is the new Godfather of entertainment and he made me an offer I couldn’t refuse.
Netflix Chief Content Officer, Ted Sarandos said,
Special Correspondents’ is classic Ricky Gervais; smart social satire with heart.
Netflix has been on a tear as of late. In the past few months Netflix has snagged the African war drama Beasts of No Nation (featuring The Wire’s Idris Elba and directed by True Detective’s Cary Fukunaga), signed a partnership with Leonard DiCaprio (for a multi-year first-look deal for a series of documentaries) as well as the war thriller Jadotville featuring Fifty Shades of Grey star Jamie Dornan.
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