British comedian Ricky Gervais will write, direct and star in a comedy feature titled Special Correspondents, about a radio journalist who invents phony news stories. Eric Bana (Lone Survivor) will co-star. The movie is a remake of a 2009 picture by Frédéric Auburtin.
Special Correspondents is being produced by Bron Studios, best known for the comedies Rudderless, and Trust Me. It was recently announced that the film has been picked up by Netflix, which is rapidly becoming a major player in the movie business.
Netflix’s chief content officer Ted Sarandos praised the project in a statement, saying, “Special Correspondents is classic Ricky Gervais—smart social satire with heart. 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 already has a history with the streaming service. Netflix released two seasons of his series Derek and recently added a special installment of the show. In a statement, Gervais talked about how Netflix is shaking up the entertainment industry, saying: “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.”
Special Correspondents is expected to be released sometime in 2016.