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Ricky Gervais and Eric Bana unite for Netflix movie Special Correspondents

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Story by Jack Foley

RICKY Gervais is to unite with Australian actor Eric Bana to make a comedy film for streaming service Netflix.

Special Correspondents is described as a satirical comedy and will be a remake of a 2009 French film about a struggling radio journalist who files fake war reports.

Gervais will write and direct the film, which has been described by Netflix’s Ted Sarandos as a “smart social satire with heart”.

The move continues Netflix’s bid to break into film-making, having successfully become a major player in the TV arena.

The streaming service has already signed deals with Adam Sandler, Leonardo DiCaprio and the Weinstein Company.

Gervais commented: “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 original Special Correspondents starred Gerard Lanvin and Gerard Jugnot as a radio journalist and technician in Paris who pretend to report live from Iraq.

The remake will be set predominantly in New York and will see Gervais and Bana’s characters fake their own kidnappings during a rebel uprising in South America.

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