Behold, the first trailer for Ricky Gervais' Special Correspondents, coming to Netflix on April 29th.
First, the news: Special Correspondents is a remake of a 2009 French comedy of the same name. Gervais wrote and directed the film, and he's assembled a seriously impressive cast (including Vera Farmiga, Eric Bana, America Ferrera, Kevin Pollak, Benjamin Bratt, and Kelly McDonald). Gervais and Netflix have worked together well in the past, and recently Gervais said a nice thing about working with the company:
"I think Netflix will see the return of the auteur to movie making. Zero interference and a guaranteed audience. Perfect.”
And now, the editorialization: I think Special Correspondents looks like it could be good, and - despite his tiresome whinging about religion (we get it, you're an Atheist), and despite the fact that his track record as a film director has been spotty (at best), and despite the fact that I really wish he'd leave the David Brent character behind forever (that mockumentary's his next project), and despite the fact that I suspect it's no longer cool to feel this way (yeah, you were pandered to with that headline) - I still like Ricky Gervais.
The Office. Extras. The Ricky Gervais Show. An Idiot Abroad. All of that outweighs the negative, as far as I'm concerned, and I will watch Special Correspondents hoping that it turns out to be great.
How about you? Where do you stand on Gervais, and what say you about the trailer above?