Netflix to release new Ricky Gervais film in 2016
Staff Reporter | On 07, Apr 2015Reading time: 1 mins
Netflix will release Ricky Gervais’ new film, Special Correspondents, in 2016.
The original movie, written and directed by Gervais, will follow a struggling New York radio journalist played by Eric Bana, who finds his job on the line thanks to his arrogance. 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.
The deal marks the latest step in Netflix’s move into feature film distribution, following an agreement with Adam Sandler, the Duplass brothers and the upcoming release of Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon 2.
Gervais, meanwhile, is no stranger to the streaming world: the creator of The Office and Extras had his show Derek distributed as a Netflix Original in the US and has since appeared in adverts for the VOD company.
“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,” says Gervais.
Special Correspondents is a co-production between Bron Studios and Unanimous Entertainment. Ricky Gervais, Unanimous Chris Coen, Brons Aaron L. Gilbert, Manuel Munz and Larry Sanitsky will produce.
“Special Correspondents is classic Ricky Gervais; smart social satire with heart,” adds 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.”