Cannes: eOne, BBC Films Join Ricky Gervais' 'Life on the Road'


The film will feature the further adventures of David Brent, Gervais' character from 'The Office.'

David Brent is finally making it to the big screen.

The incompetent boss of Slough branch of the Wernham–Hogg paper merchants, the character Ricky Gervais created for BBC mockumentary series The Office, is getting a spin off film that BBC Films and Canadian indie studio Entertainment One are financing.

Gervais will write, direct and of course star in Life on The Road. The film has a documentary crew catching up with Brent, now working as a traveling salesman, as he tries to self-finance a U.K. tour of his rock band, Foregone Conclusion.

Gervais is revisiting Brent more than a decade after The Office ended its short run on the BBC in December 2003, with 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.

"I’m so excited that the world will see what David Brent is up to now and where his future lies,” said Gervais in a statement. “This film delves much more into his private life than The Office ever did and we really get to peel back the layers of this extraordinary, ordinary man."

Entertainment One will distribute Life on the Road in the U.K. and in Australia/New Zealand and will handle worldwide sales for the film, launching the project to buyers in Cannes this week.