Jump to Main ContentJump to Primary Navigation
Top

Netflix Acquires Ricky Gervais' 'Special Correspondents'

Gervais.jpg
gervais2.jpg

"Smart social satire with heart."

That's how Netflix's chief content officer Ted Sarandos described Ricky Gervais' latest film project Special Correspondents, which the streaming service has just nabbed for a worldwide exclusive.

Sure, it's going to need some work before it becomes the official tag line, but it's a promising set of words to put on the poster for now. 

A satirical comedy (you probably guessed that, didn't you?) based on a 2009 French film of the same nameSpecial Correspondents sees Eric Bana cast as a New York-based radio journalist, whose lavish lifestyle has overtaken his struggling reporting career. In an effort to pump some much needed scoops into his portfolio, he and his technician (played by Gervais, who will also write and direct the film) take the unorthodox decision to fake their own kidnapping during a rebel uprising in South America, supplying false front-line war reports recorded from their hide out above a Manhattan Spanish bar.

Special Correspondents joins Netflix's growing list of premieres and exclusives, which includes the likes of the sequel to Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon and a raft of projects by Adam Sandler.

Sarandos added further quote-ready praise to the announcement, describing Special Correspondents as "Classic Ricky Gervais... It's the kind of great grown-up comedy that studios rarely make anymore, one that’s perfect for Netflix members around the world".

We'll have to wait until 2016 to see the finished project - plenty of time to plough through Derek.

(Images: Rex)

Related

dare 2.jpg

Darkly Funny New TV Spots For Daredevil Series

amy1.jpg

Moving First Trailer For Amy Winehouse Documentary

chef.jpg

Mouthwatering Trailer For New Netflix Food Show Chef's Table

Mad1.jpg

Astonishing New Trailer for Mad Max: Fury Road

straightouttacompton3.jpg

New Trailer for Straight Outta Compton

gervais1.jpg

Ricky Gervais Stars In Hilarious New Netflix Ads

Comments

More

Exclusive: Sam Neill confirms he's in Thor 3

23 Sep 2016

Chris Pratt is a big deal - and we couldn't be happier for him

Chris Pratt talks to Jimi Famurewa about stripping off, the pay gap and why he’s happy to be a piece of meat

22 Sep 2016

See the hilarious War On Everyone for FREE

ShortList Film Club gives you the chance to catch it first and for free

21 Sep 2016

Morgan Spurlock's 'Rats' documentary is the biggest horror of 2016

If you weren't already terrified of rats then you will be after this by Paddy Maddison

19 Sep 2016

Why does Bill Murray have no friends?

Is there are more sinister side to why Billy 'No Mates' Murray needs to be worshipped? by Tristan Cross

15 Sep 2016

Six reasons new thriller The Clan is unmissable

by Joe Ellison

15 Sep 2016

Daniel Radcliffe has issues in exclusive clip for new Neo-Nazi drama

He's come a long way since Harry Potter by Paddy Maddison

13 Sep 2016

Stylised Sci-Fi posters bring new life to your favourite films

Your favourite Sci-Fi films reimagined by Paddy Maddison

13 Sep 2016

Mad Max without special effects is still incredible

Those of a nervous disposition may wish to look away now. by Paddy Maddison

13 Sep 2016

Does this confirm Wolverine dies in the next film?

Boyd Holbrook hints it might be the end of Logan's run

13 Sep 2016