Ricky Gervais' 'Special Correspondents' movie to get Netflix premiere

By Karen Butler  |  April 6, 2015 at 12:02 PM
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NEW YORK, April 6 (UPI) -- Ricky Gervais' new contemporary comedy film Special Correspondents is to premiere worldwide on Netflix next year, the streaming service announced Monday.

Gervais wrote and directed the movie, which stars Eric Bana as "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," a synopsis said.

"Special Correspondents is classic Ricky Gervais; smart social satire with heart," Netflix Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos said in a statement. "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," Gervais added.

Gervais is best known as the creator and star of TV's The Office, Extras and Derek.

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