Netflix has purchased the rights to Special Correspondents, a satirical movie written and directed by Ricky Gervais and starring Eric Bana. It's the latest big name comedy acquisition from the streaming service, which already boasts the likes of Judd Apatow and Adam Sandler on its roster.

Ricky GervaisRicky Gervais has written and directed Special Correspondents

In Special Correspondents, Bana plays a struggling New York-based radio journalist whose arrogance and lavish lifestyle has hindered his career. When his job is on the line, he begins recording fake front line reports from the comfort of his hideout above a Spanish restaurant in Manhattan. The movie was first touted around in October while Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions bought a package of overseas rights.

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"Special Correspondents is classic Ricky Gervais; smart social satire with heart," said Netflix Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos in announcing the movie this week. "It's the kind of great grown-up comedy that studios rarely make anymore, one that's perfect for Netflix members around the world."

Production is set to get underway in the Spring with Bron Studios and Unanimous Entertainment producing. Gervais will direct, with Chris Coen, Bron's Aaron L. Gilbert, Manuel Munz and Larry Sanitsky producing.

"Having shaken up the TV industry, Netflix is about to do the same to Hollywood," said Gervais in a statement. "It's great to be part of the changing future. Ted Sarandos is the new Godfather of entertainment, and he made me an offer I couldn't refuse."

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