Ricky Gervais' Special Correspondents has arrived on Netflix, but there's plenty more coming to the service later this year. Take a look!
Ricky Gervais has officially made his Netflix debut with the release of Special Correspondents – a satirical comedy featuring Gervais alongside Eric Bana, Kevin Pollak, Vera Farmiga and Kelly MacDonald.
Frank Bonneville (Eric Bana) is a New York-based radio journalist who will do anything to get a scoop. Bonneville is assigned to cover an uprising in Ecuador, but when he’s paired with bungling sound technician Ian Finch (Ricky Gervais), things start to go downhill rapidly for the pair, with hilarious consequences for us.
Although Special Correspondents is written and directed by Gervais, it’s an adapted version of a French comedy film – Envoyés très spéciaux – from 2009. Anyone who loved The Office or Extras (both of which you can watch on Netflix too, by the way) will surely enjoy the trademark deadpan satire and cringe humour of Gervais’ adaptation.
Special Correspondents isn’t the only Original Movie coming to Netflix this year, either, so let’s take a look at a few more exclusive films coming to the streaming service in 2016…
The second movie in Netflix’s four-film deal with Adam Sandler, The Do-over stars Sandler and David Spade as Max Kessler and Charlie McMillian – two old school friends who fake their own deaths to start their lives anew. Only trouble is, the people they’re pretending to be are in much bigger trouble than they realise. The Do-over arrives on Netflix 27 May, bringing barrels of typical Sandler-esque low-brow laughs.
This star-studded adaptation of Michael Hastings’ non-fiction Afghanistan war book ‘The Operators’ is still tentatively scheduled for 2016, though it may still drift back to next year. This is no simple war movie, though – the original book was a fascinating account of the disconnect between the American war effort on the ground in Afghanistan and in the White House. With Brad Pitt, Ben Kingsley, Topher Grace and many more on board alongside ‘Animal Kingdom’ and ‘The Rover’ director David Michôd, War Machine will make a huge splash when it arrives.
Christopher Guest is bringing his latest mockumentary ‘Mascots’ to Netflix exclusively later this year, and it promises to bring a boatload of laughs to the streaming service. The plot surrounds the 8th World Mascot Association Championships, where a band of unusual characters gather in big, furry suits to win the prestigious Gold Fluffy Award, and compete for the title of the world’s best mascot. Anyone who has seen Guest’s legendary ‘This is Spinal Tap’ mockumentary will know what’s in store, and with Chris O’Dowd, Parkey Posey and Bob Balaban all reported to be joining the project, Mascots could be a big hit.
Jadotville tells the true story of the 1961 Siege of Jadotville, where a United Nations battalion of 150 Irish troops came under attack from a force of 3,000 Congolese troops, as well as French and Belgian mercenaries under the employ of powerful mining corporations. “The story of how Pat Quinlan (played by Jamie Dornan) led his troops against an overwhelming force without losing a single man is one of the great stories of the 20th century,” said Netflix’s Ted Sarandos, “and we are proud to be working with such a talented and committed team to bring it to life.”
Netflix favourite Bob Odenkirk – the star of Netflix original ‘Better Caul Saul’ – returns to the service this year in a brand new role, that of greetings card writer Ray. Sounds pretty innocent, right? Wrong. Before long, Ray becomes entangled in a rivalry to create the perfect card for ‘Girlfriend’s Day’ – a rivalry that quickly becomes bloody. As well as starring alongside Amber Tamblyn, Odenkirk is the chief writer on the project, so it’ll be interesting to see his creative vision on screen.
First They Killed My Father
Angelina Jolie has been making waves as a director for a number of years now, creating dramatic stories amid war-torn backdrops, like her directorial debut ‘In the Land of Blood and Honey’, and 2014’s Academy Award nominated ‘Unbroken’. Jolie’s latest film – ‘First They Killed My Father’ – is an adaptation of Cambodian author Loung Ung’s book of the same name, as she recounts her personal story of the Khmer Rouge years, and how she survived the Pol Pot regime in Cambodia.
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