Ricky Gervais Office spinoff movie gets financing
What has David Brent been up to? The world is about to find out. Entertainment One is partnering with BBC Films to finance Life on the Road, a spin-off film based on the popular character Ricky Gervais created on The Office. eOne will launch worldwide sales of the film in Cannes, and will also distribute the film in the U.K. and Australia/New Zealand.
Gervais will write, direct, and star in the movie, which will follow a documentary crew as they catch up with Brent years after his tenure as the world’s worst boss at Wernham Hogg Paper. (Hint: working as a traveling salesman, and chasing his dreams of being a rock star by self-financing a tour with his band, “Foregone Conclusion.”)
“I’m so excited that the world will see what David Brent is up to now and where his future lies,” Gervais said in a press release. “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.”
Alex Hamilton, managing director of eOne Films UK, added, “We are excited to partner with the incomparable Ricky Gervais and BBC Films to bring this iconic UK character to audiences around the world in 2016.”