Eric Bana and Ricky Gervais to Star in Remake of French Comedy ‘Special Correspondents’

Ricky Gervais' 'Special Correspondents' Remake: Gervais

Eric Bana and Ricky Gervais are set to star in the remake of the French comedy “Special Correspondents.”

Besides starring in the pic, Gervais will also write, direct and produce the film.

The story will follow Bana’s character, a struggling New York-based radio journalist whose arrogance and decadent lifestyle has hindered his career. With his job on the line, he fakes front line war reports from the comfort of his hideout above a Spanish restaurant in the heart of Manhattan.

In the 2009 original, France mobilizes to gain the release of two kidnapped journalists in Iraq, but only the victims know the crime has been faked.

The film is a co-production between Bron Studios and Unanimous Entertainment in association with Creative Wealth Media Finance. Unanimous’ Chris Coen, Bron’s Aaron L. Gilbert, and Manuel Munz will produce. Creative Wealth’s Jason Cloth and Larry Sanisky are executive producers.

WME Global will be selling the domestic rights, with Protagonist Pictures selling international.

This marks the first directing gig for Gervais since his 2010 comedy “Cemetery Junction,” which he also starred in. He has also directed the comedy “The Invention of Lying” with Tina Fey.

Bana was most recently seen in the Screen Gems pic “Deliver Us From Evil” and is currently filming the Disney pic “The Finest Hours” and will follow that with “The Secret Scripture.”

Both actors are repped by WME with Gervais also repped by United Agents.

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  1. Sam says:

    I is laughing already.

  2. Craig says:

    I saw the French version. Wasn’t the best film, but there was something cool about the concept. I’ll be interested to see if Ricky can pull this off.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Love Ricky or hate Ricky; he’s always hilarious. Unless you’re a religious nut, then we know how you hate him. Remake or not, this feels like it has huge potential to me. Just hope it’s fresh and funny…

  4. Anonymous says:

    Eric Bana used to be a stand-up. About time he did some comedy. And with Ricky Gervais. That’s quite a pairing. I’m in…

  5. Rena Moretti says:

    Yet another boring remake of a foreign project.

    Studio and network executives will seemingly never understand audiences are sick and tired of that!

  6. Steve says:

    This sounds genius. Ricky and satire = Comedy Gold. Cannot wait…

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