It may have been one of the earlier films to be acquired by Netflix, but since the streaming service snatched the rights for Ricky Gervais comedy Special Correspondents, the online giant has bolstered its presence in the film scene quite considerably – typified by the recent coup of Will Smith-David Ayer drama, Bright.
Fast forward by almost exactly 12 months and we arrive at the maiden trailer for Special Correspondents, introducing Gervais’ hapless radio reporter, Ian Finch. Written and directed by Ricky Gervais himself, the Netflix film is a remake of the 2009 French comedy of the same name, one rife with satirical beats about news reporting in modern-day New York City. Struggling to make ends meet, Gervais and his co-host decide to report on overseas affairs, the only catch is they do so from the comfort of home soil.
Also on board for the feature film are Eric Bana, Vera Farmiga, Kelly Macdonald, Kevin Pollak, America Ferrera, Raúl Castillo, and Benjamin Bratt, with an official logline pitching Special Correspondents as so: “The film is about 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 Queens.”
In what is shaping up to be a jam-packed month for the streaming service – Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt season 2 included – Special Correspondents will make its bow on Netflix come April 29.