Major Breaking news for all fans of “The Office”…well, the original British incarnation anyway: Ricky Gervais announced today that he’s bringing the British Version of “The Office” to the big screen in a feature film.
That’s right, David Brent, the character made famous by Gervais and the inspiration for Steve Carell’s Michael Scott in the U.S. version of the show, will be getting his own feature-length, spin-off film, set to go into production next year in the U.K., produced by BBC Films.
The film, which will be titled “Life on the Road,” will pick up where “The Office” left off over a decade later, catching up with David Brent after the cult-hit series ended.
“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 becoming a rock star.”
His rock star dreams are allegedly going to result in a self-funded tour, to be shown in a feature-length documentary, which in his mind will be like Martin Scorsese filming the Rolling Stones, but the results will be tragically hilarious.
Gervais is currently up for an Emmy for lead actor in a comedy for his new series “Derek,” a category that pits him against William H. Macy, Jim Parsons, and Louis CK, his old friend and “protegé,” according to Gervais. On the subject of Louie, he went on Seth Meyers and said, “I discovered that big, sweaty slob. I’ve done everything for him.”
No word on the release date of the movie, but I’m sure legions of rabid “Office” fans will be queuing up around the block to see the film. Get it? I said queuing. Because it’s the British “Office.”
[via Hollywood Reporter]