Netflix Buys Forthcoming Ricky Gervais Movie Special Correspondents

By Gary Cutlack on at

The traditional cinema-first way of doing films may be about to be upended by streaming giant Netflix, which has acquired the right to show Gervais's new film first.

The movie, written and directed by Gervais and starring Eric Bana and... Ricky Gervais, is said to be a: "...hilarious, modern comedy in which Bana plays a struggling New York based radio journalist, whose arrogance and decadent lifestyle has hindered his career."

The plot sees Bana's character faking war reports from his home in New York, while funny things happen to him and Ricky Gervais does some funny faces and there are probably some misunderstandings that lead to hilarious/embarrassing situations.

Netflix's Ted Sarandos, the company's Chief Content Officer, described the film as a "smart social satire with heart," so it's likely to be laden with the same sort of clumsy, play-the-sad-music-now pathos as Gervais' abysmal Channel 4 sitcom Derek.

Gervais appears to be very happy with his move to Netflix, saying: "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." [Netflix via Shortlist]