“Special Correspondents,” a comedy feature that Ricky Gervais wrote, directed and appears in alongside Australian actor Eric Bana, will debut worldwide on Netflix next year, it was announced Monday.
Bana (“Black Hawk Down,” “Hulk,” “The Time Traveler’s Wife”) will play 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.
“‘Special Correspondents’ is classic Ricky Gervais: smart social satire with heart,” said Netflix Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos. “It’s the kind of great grown-up comedy that studios rarely make anymore, one that’s perfect for Netflix members around the world.”
Gervais said: “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.” The Internet television network has more than 57 million members in over 50 countries.
— City News Service
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