Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions has acquired rights in key foreign markets to Ricky Gervais’ comedy “Special Correspondents.”
Protagonist Pictures closed deals at AFM with SPWA for the U.K., Australia/New Zealand, South Africa, Latin America, Scandinavia and Eastern Europe.
Gervais will direct from his own script and co-star alongside Eric Bana.
“Special Correspondents is a remake of the 2009 French comedy “Envoyes tres speciaux.” It’s slated to start production in New York and Vancouver in the spring.
Bana will portray a struggling New-York-based radio journalist whose arrogance and decadent lifestyle has hindered his career. With his job on the line, he and his technician (Gervais) create fake frontline war reports from Manhattan, leading to the duo being forced to sneak into Ecuador and find the rebels they’ve been covering.
The film is a co-production between Bron Studios and Unanimous Entertainment in association with Creative Wealth Media Finance. Producers are Unanimous’ Chris Coen, Bron’s Aaron L. Gilbert, Manuel Munz and Gervais.
Creative Wealth’s Jason Cloth and Larry Sanisky are executive producers. WME Global is selling domestic and Protagonist is selling international.
The deal was negotiated by SPWA’s Michael Helfand, Joe Matukewicz and Jonathan Freedberg, along with Protagonist Pictures’ CEO Mike Goodridge.