Ricky Gervais Making 'The Office' Movie Featuring His Character, David Brent
BBC Films is producing "Life on the Road," which will catch up with Gervais' middle-manager antihero over a decade after the original U.K. TV series ended.
LONDON — Ricky Gervais is giving his most famous TV creation in the U.K. a feature film.
In an announcement made Tuesday, it was revealed that David Brent, the manager from the original version of The Office and the inspiration for Steve Carell's Michael Scott in the U.S. remake, will be getting his own spinoff feature, backed by BBC Films and set to go into production in the U.K. next year.
Life on the Road will catch up with Brent over a decade after The Office ended in December 2003 following two hugely successful six-part series and a concluding two-part Christmas special. It hasn't yet been announced whether the film will be getting a theatrical release or will be made purely for TV.
"We find out what Brent is doing now and what's happened in the last 15 years since his redundancy from his beloved Wernham Hogg," BBC Films said in a press release. "He's a sales rep now, selling cleaning products up and down the country, but has never really give up on his dream of being a rock star."
The statement added that these rock-star dreams see him self-funding his own music tour, to be captured in the feature-length mockumentary. "He thinks it'll be like [Martin] Scorsese filming The Rolling Stones, but it turns out to be a 'where are they now' documentary. He has to take a few weeks off work and cash in a couple of pensions, because the session musicians in the band are costing him more than he's getting in ticket sales. Tragic."
While Gervais may be more famous stateside for appearances in films such as the recent Muppets Most Wanted and insulting half of Hollywood during his stint as Golden Globes host, in the U.K. it is still his iconic role as David Brent for which he is most renowned.
The comedian, who already has seven BAFTAs, three Golden Globes and two Emmys under his belt, is this year up for another Emmy for his series set in an old people's home, Derek. In the lead actor in a comedy series category, Gervais goes up against Shameless' William H. Macy, Big Bang Theory's Jim Parsons and his old friend Louis C.K. for Louie.
Speaking about going up against Louis C.K. on NBC's Late Night With Seth Meyers, Gervais said he had never thanked him for giving him an early career boost in 2009's The Invention of Lying. "I discovered that big, sweaty slob. I've done everything for him," he said.