Netflix has tapped Ricky Gervais to write and direct Special Correspondents, an original feature film starring Eric Bana, the streaming service announced Monday.
“It’s the kind of great grown-up comedy that studios rarely make anymore, one that’s perfect for Netflix members around the world,” said Netflix Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos in a statement.
Special Correspondents features Bana as a New York radio journalist whose job is on the line due to his cockiness and over the-top lifestyle. To reinvigorate his career, he fakes front line war reporting while hiding in a Spanish restaurant in Manhattan. “It’s great to be part of the changing future,” Gervais said in the statement. “Ted Sarandos is the new Godfather of entertainment, and he made me an offer I couldn’t refuse.”
Gervais will produce along with Unanimous Entertainment’s Chris Coen, Bron’s Aaron L. Gilbert, Manuel Munz and Larry Sanitsky.
The comedy is expected on Netflix next year.