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.
Popular on Variety
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.