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Special Correspondents Review

Satirical comedies use humour to expose and ridicule human stupidity often in relation to politics and other contemporary issues. In this sense, Special Correspondents cannot be classed as a satirical comedy – there’s no laughs, there’s no political critique, there’s no real-life relevance. This remake of 2009 French film Envoyés Très Spéciaux marks a career low for Ricky Gervais, and those expecting the wince-inducing laughs of The Office or the razor-sharp viciousness of his Golden Globe performances will be left thoroughly disappointed.

The very first shot sets off alarm bells – a night-time pan of the New York skyline is about the most clichéd, pedestrian opening to a film possible. Right after, we meet Frank Bonneville (Eric Bana), a super suave New York radio journalist and womanizer who’s really cool because he strolls confidently down the street with a pair of sunglasses on. When station boss Geoffrey Mallard (Kevin
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Special Correspondents review – Ricky Gervais's journo bromance posts bafflingly few laughs

Gervais and Eric Bana generate little chemistry faking reports of a botched jungle assignment

Hopes are stubbornly high for Ricky Gervais’s decision to revive The Office and David Brent in the cinema later in the year, a creation for which he will always have hall-of-fame status – and it’s incidentally impossible to remember his appearance with David Bowie in Extras with anything other than awe. But there’s frankly little in the way of comedy gold to be mined from Gervais’s latest venture, which he has written and directed.

It’s a mainstream bromantic comedy of medium-budget blandness produced specially for Netflix, and based on the 2009 French film Envoyés Très Spéciaux. The film gives us some satiric hints of Wag the Dog and Tropic Thunder – with a slight touch of the leaden and widely forgotten buddy movie Hollywood Homicide with Josh Hartnett and Harrison Ford. Special Correspondents shows
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Ricky Gervais’ New Movie Special Correspondents Going To Netflix

Ricky Gervais is underway on production of Special Correspondents, his remake of Frédéric Auburtin’s Envoyés Très Spéciaux, a comedy about a journalist faking frontline war reports from the safety of his own home.

In the do-over, the lead reporter is to be played by Eric Bana, this time hiding out about in an apartment in Manhattan and filing radio reports he’s falsified with his technician who, it seems, will be played by Gervais himself.

Netflix today announced that they’ve acquired the film for a worldwide premiere in 2016. This quote from Gervais came with the press release.

“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.”

Whether anybody will ever get to see Special Correspondents
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Spwa gets Special Correspondents

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Spwa gets Special Correspondents
Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions (Spwa) has acquired rights from Protagonist Pictures to the Ricky Gervais comedy in multiple territories led by the UK.

Rights have also gone in Latin America, Australia/New Zealand, Scandinavia, Eastern Europe and South Africa.

Gervais wrote, will direct and star in Special Correspondents alongside Eric Bana.

The remake of the French comedy Envoyés Très Spéciaux is scheduled to commence shooting in New York and Vancouver in spring.

The story centres on a radio journalist and his technician who fake frontline war reports and must travel to Ecuador to find the rebels they have been reporting on after the global response to their stories gets out of hand.

Bron Studios and Unanimous Entertainment are co-producing in association with Creative Wealth Media Finance.

Unanimous’ Chris Coen, Bron’s Aaron L Gilbert, Manuel Munz are producing with Gervais. Creative Wealth’s Jason Cloth and Larry Sanisky are executive producers. Wme Global
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