Ricky Gervais and Eric Bana filming Special Correspondents in Queens, New York on Thursday.
Netflix has unveiled the first photo of the complete cast of Ricky Gervais‘ original movie “Special Correspondents,” which debuts exclusively on TheWrap.
Eric Bana stars 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 Manhattan.
Gervais co-stars alongside Oscar nominee Vera Farmiga (“Bates Motel”), Kelly Macdonald (“Boardwalk Empire”), Kevin Pollak (“The Usual Suspects”), America Ferrera (“Ugly Betty”), Raúl Castillo (“Looking”) and Benjamin Bratt (“Law & Order”).
Gervais wrote the script for the modern satirical comedy, which started shooting last month in Toronto and will wrap in New York City on July 3. The film will debut on Netflix next year.
“Special Correspondents” is a co-production between Bron Studios and Unanimous Entertainment, and Gervais, Chris Coen of Unanimous Bron’s Aaron L. Gilbert, Manuel Munz and Larry Sanitsky will produce.
Special Correspondents, a new original feature film written and directed by Ricky Gervais and starring Eric Bana (Deliver Us From Evil, Lone Survivor) and Gervais (Muppets Most Wanted, “Derek”), will debut worldwide on Netflix next year.
With Special Correspondents Gervais has written a modern comedy in which Bana plays 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 film is a co-production between Bron Studios and Unanimous Entertainment. Ricky Gervais, Unanimous’ Chris Coen, Bron’s Aaron L. Gilbert, Manuel Munz and Larry Sanitsky will produce.
Creator and star of “The Office,” “Extras,” and “Derek,” Gervais has won three Golden Globes, two primetime Emmys and seven BAFTAS. “The Office” is the most successful British comedy of all time, shown in more than 90 countries with seven remakes. Considered the most influential British comedian since Charlie Chaplin, Gervais is an award winning stand-up, has hosted the Golden Globes three times and has written, directed and acted in the films Cemetery Junction and The Invention of Lying.
Eric Bana is one of Australia’s best known actors and began his career as a comedian in the sketch comedy series “Full Frontal” before winning critical acclaim in the biographical crime film Chopper. Since then, Bana has starred in such films as Munich, Black Hawk Down, Hulk, The Time Traveler’s Wife, Hanna, and Star Trek. He has received Australia’s highest film and TV awards for his performances and will next be seen in director Jim Sheridan’s The Secret Scripture, Guy Ritchie’s Knights of the Round Table: King Arthur and The Finest Hours.
Although credited as an “original comedy,” when Special Correspondents was announced in the trades last October it was listed as a remake of director Frédéric Auburtin’s 2009 French comedy Special Correspondents (Envoyés Très Spéciaux).
Narrator of Stop Laughing, This Is Serious (ABC1, 9pm), Eric Bana, begins the show by saying, “We Aussies love our comedy”, a reasonably uncontroversial statement, if one that leads a viewer to wonder whether this is a unique national trait, or people in other countries might quite enjoy a bit of comedy too.
Bana follows this up with “Today, it’s up there with the best in the world”, a slightly more contestable claim. But yes, the story of Australian comedy is a long and sometimes amusing one, classic moments nestling snugly up against horrible cringes decade after decade.
This show attempts to chart that story, happily dredging up plenty of great memories for comedy fans, capturing the thoughts of some of the country’s most-feted comedians, and occasionally exaggerating how much difference a joke can make.
The first episode, titled “Faark, faark” looks at the comedy of rebellion. The topic of political comedy brings out the usual suspects: Norman Gunston on the Parliament steps for the Dismissal, which is one of the more extraordinary moments in entertainment history; and the Chaser’s legendary security breach at APEC in 2007, a classic case of satire, in the words of Andrew Denton “showing that the balloon can be pricked”. Read more: www.smh.com.au
This is our new Fuel Magazine issue #19. Following suit from Tank Moto, Fuel is now up to A4 size and has had a little design refresh, but it retains the thick, glossy production values and packs in considerably more content than any Fuel Magazine issue before it.
As you can see, our cover story is Eric Bana’s freshly finished XB coupe that we shot as a Fuel Magazine exclusive. We’ve got a massive article inside as a result of two days shooting with the ‘Beast’ and chatting with Eric around Melbourne earlier this year.
There will be more details on our return, but for now let’s get some dates and details out of the way. Subscriptions are currently open, and will start with issue #19. All subs will mail out on Tuesday 24th March from our Melbourne and Detroit offices, after which subscriptions will then change to start with issue #20. So, you have until the 24th to ensure that Eric drops in to your mailbox before the issue hits the shops. Speaking of which, issue #19 will be on general release online and in Australian newsagents on Monday 30th March.
For stockist details have a look at the FM stockists webpage. With any further questions not answered here, feel free to comment through our social media channels.
You can also come along to our Coffee & Classics V event in Port Melbourne on the 28th of March to pick up a copy.
A-lister Eric Bana decided to swap roles today, as he served the coffee in a Dublin cafe today.
The Time Traveller’s Wife star took a break from filming Jim Sheridan’s new flick The Secret Scripture and decided to start pouring coffees in Dublin coffee house Coffee Angel.
“Just the usual Sat @coffeeangelsouthannestreet… barista in training & lovely film star @ericbana67 pouring Flat Whites (-; #starbarista #coffeeangel #coffeeangelsas,” the company wrote on Instagram.