Ricky Gervais has set Eric Bana to help him bring that Golden Globes cynicism to a movie about journalism. They’ll star in Special Correspondents, a satirical comedy that Gervais wrote and will direct next spring. Bana will play 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. Pic’s a co-production between Bron Studios and Unanimous Entertainment in association with Creative Wealth Media Finance and they’ll sell at AFM. 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’s selling domestic; Protagonist is dealing international.
Bana will do it after wrapping The Finest Hours at Disney. While he’s most identified in hero mode after Munich and Black Hawk Down, Bana should be a good match with Gervais, considering Bana too began his career in comedy.