Ricky Gervais film to premiere on Netflix

Special Correspondents stars Eric Bana, with The Office creator writing and directing

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As well as a Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon sequel and a series of Adam Sandler films, video-on-demand service Netflix has snapped up another feature film for its roster – Ricky Gervais’  Special Correspondents.

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The Office creator first revealed he was making the satirical comedy in his blog last October. Starring Eric Bana, it will follow the adventures of an arrogant radio journalist whose decadent lifestyle has held back his career. With his job on the line he decides to get back in the game by faking front-line war reports – from a Manhattan apartment above a Spanish restaurant.

“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 any more, one that’s perfect for Netflix members around the world.”

Gervais (who will both write and direct the film) added: “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 follows previous collaborations between Gervais and Netflix, which saw the comedian’s Channel 4 series Derek streamed on the service with a longer finale special than the UK broadcast. However, Gervais’ David Brent-centred film follow-up to The Office (Life on the Road) still appears to be set for a traditional cinema release.

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Special Correspondents will be released in 2016