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Ricky Gervais' Special Correspondent, which he will direct and star in alongside Eric Bana, is yet another film to be housed under Netflix's movie distribution model. Having acquired Cary Fukunaga's much-buzzed Beasts of No Nation and producing new films from Adam Sandler, Pee-Wee Herman and the Duplass brothers, they continue their film plans by acquiring the new comedy, continuing their working relationship with Gervais, which began when they streamed the comedian's BBC sitcom Derek. Variety reports plans are to release Special Correspondent next year worldwide, and according to Karen Barragan, Netflix's spokewoman, the satire will not have a theatrical release, and will premiere exclusively on the site. Does this mean, after their debacles with major theater chains concerning Beast of No Nation and that Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon sequel Netflix has turned to releasing their film acquisitions exclusively on their sitec Time will only tell, it seems. "Having shaken up the TV industry, »
- Will Ashton
Bana portrays a struggling New York-based radio journalist who fakes front line war reports from the comfort of his hideout above a Spanish restaurant in the heart of Manhattan.
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. Gervais, Unanimous’ Chris Coen, Bron’s Aaron L. Gilbert, Manuel Munz and Larry Sanitsky will produce. Gervais will also direct from his own script.
- Dave McNary
A group of former soap stars are aiming to launch a new TV comedy show with the help of Kickstarter.
The project aims to raise £10,000 to produce three episodes to be shown online, in the hope of it then getting picked up by a TV channel.
Storyline will be set behind the scenes of a long-running radio drama about a group of people in a trendy block of flats in London.
Also among the cast are Cemetery Junction actor Steve Speirs, Holby City's Tilly Blackwood, former Coronation Street actor Ray Emmet Brown, The Wright Way's Joanne Matthews and Les Miserables singer Cameron Blakely. »
Mimi Steinbauer’s Radiant Films Intl. has closed key territories on romantic comedy “Dare to Be Wild,” which had its world market premiere at Berlin’s European Film Market.
Starring Emma Greenwell (“Shameless,” “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies”) and Tom Hughes (“Silk,” “About Time,” “Cemetery Junction”), “Dare to Be Wild” centers on an Irish girl from the countryside who challenges the wealthiest of British high society at a world-renowned flower show, bringing her spirited, offbeat style into the traditionally conservative competition.
Film is being sold in the vein of beloved underdog films like “Billy Elliot” and “Slumdog Millionaire.” Key distributors who have bought “Wild” include the Klockworx Co. (Japan), Pinnacle Films (Australia/New Zealand), Cinemundo (Portugal), Gulf Film (Middle East), Forum Film (Israel), Blue Reign (South Africa), Myndform (Iceland) and Captive (airlines).
- John Hopewell
4 items from 2015