Ricky Gervais' 'Office' Spinoff Film Nabbed by Open Road for U.S.
A 2016 wide theatrical release is planned for the movie spinoff featuring Gervais' character from the BBC series 'The Office.'
The David Brent character from BBC's The Office is headed to the big screen in the U.S.
Tom Ortenberg's Open Road Films has acquired the U.S. rights to Life on the Road, which features Brent, Ricky Gervais' character in the original U.K. mockumentary series. The spinoff movie — written, starring and directed by Gervais — will be financed by BBC Films and Canadian indie studio Entertainment One.
Life on the Road will feature Brent, now working as a traveling salesman, trying to self-finance a U.K. tour for his rock band, Foregone Conclusion. "David Brent getting a big U.S. theatrical release? He can die happy now. (Spoiler alert: He does not die in this movie)," said Gervais Tuesday in a statement.
Gervais is revisiting Brent more than a decade after The Office ended its BBC run in December 2003 with a legacy of two hugely successful six-part series and a concluding two-part Christmas special. Brent was the inspiration for Steve Carell's Michael Scott character in the U.S. spinoff version of the series, which ran from 2005-2013 on NBC.
Entertainment One will handle worldwide rights to Life on the Road and will release the Gervais starrer in the U.K. on Aug. 19, 2016.
Open Road's planned wide U.S. theatrical release will follow shortly after. The U.S. deal was negotiated by Xavier Marchand and Spyro Markesinis for eOne and Ortenberg, Elliott Kleinberg and Peter Lawson for Open Road.