Ricky Gervais Planning to Shoot THE OFFICE Movie Next Year

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Ricky Gervais is resurrecting his The Office character David Brent once again, this time in the form of the Office movie.  Official confirmation has arrived that Gervais plans on shooting a feature film spinoff of The Office next year, with the story following David Brent going on the road as a musician.  Titled Life on the Road, the BBC Films production picks up 15 years after we last saw Brent, who is now a sales rep selling cleaning products up and down the country.  Shot mockumentary-style like The Office, the film finds Brent being followed on his self-financed UK tour that sees him following his dream of becoming a rock star.  The pic will be filmed in the UK, but is poised to have a worldwide release.

That’s about all the information we have at the moment, but fans of The Office—and Brent in particular—should be pleased to hear that a full film is on the way.  Check out an image of Gervais in character for Life on the Road after the jump, along with the press release.

Image and press release via Film Divider.

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Multi award winning comedy actor, writer & director Ricky Gervais is developing a brand new movie, based on his creation David Brent, the focus of his global hit series, The Office.

Life on the Road is currently being developed with BBC Films and goes in to production in 2015. 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. He’s a sales rep now, selling cleaning products up and down the country, but has never really given up on his dream of being a rock star.

Brent is followed on his self-financed UK tour. He thinks it’ll be like 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.

The movie will be filmed in the UK but due to its global appeal will be distributed worldwide. The Office is the most successful British Comedy of all time, shown in over 100 countries with remakes in 8, including US, Chile and most recently the Czech Republic.




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  • Leo Spaceman

    I only read the headline so I don’t know what the movie is going to be about, and I do understand that hard core enthusiasts would prefer that the original version of the office doesn’t intermixed any more with the American version any more than it already has ( Ricky Gervais had a brief season 7 cameo) bUT how awesome would that be if Dundee Mifflin bought the Company in England and merged the branches and the movie had to sort out how the two worlds collide.

    They could even rip on how the American documentary was basically a rip off of the English documentary and then have both Steve and Ricky sitting in a room agreeing that the film crews hated to show any of the bosses good moments.

    • Vulcan

      Well the movie is going to be about David Brent going on the road to start his musical career. But it would be fun if Steve Carrel had a short cameo like Gervais’ two cameos in season 7.

    • Vulcan

      Well the movie is going to be about David Brent going on the road to start his musical career. But it would be fun if Steve Carrel had a short cameo like Gervais’ two cameos in season 7.

  • Vulcan

    I wonder if Martin Freeman or any of the other cast are going to be in the film. Also, it would be cool if Steve Carrel had a cameo.

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  • TheMuppetManiac

    This was the only way Ricky could get a starring role in a movie. He’s really hurt his career. He needed to co-star in a hit movie (yes, he was in Night at the Museum, but that was more of a cameo and not his target audience) and then take a starring role. Ghost Town and The Invention of Lying were horrible and set him back in the U.S. Him and Steve Coogan are huge in the UK, but aren’t Hollywood leads.

    • Redjester

      Gervais is a comedy genius, and even the best (and best looking) English actors seem to only succeed in front of American audiences when they fake American accents, so Ricky’s lack of box office draw in America probably says more about America than it does him.

      • Pernell Whitaker

        When Extra’s finished, I would of agreed with that statement. However Life’s Too Short, Derek, pushing An Idiot Abroad well past it’s sell by date and his terrible movies have now made me realise he has lost it completely and really is a one trick pony.

      • agent777

        Your opinon. Everyone I know though Idiot was amazing. Derek as well, and I work with the disabled and have family who work with the elderly, we all love it.

      • agent777

        And when the last time Woody Allen played someone who WASN’T Woody Allen. Same goes with Chaplin and Keaton. That’s comedy buddy, love it or leave it.

      • Pernell Whitaker

        An Idiot Abroad was brilliant first season, good second season and that’s where it shouldve ended. Gervais film career has crashed and burned it seems. I have no problem with comedians playing to their strengths over and again in different settings. But sorry buddy, comedy is not regurgitating the exact same joke over and again. I will definitely leave that.

    • Redjester

      Gervais is a comedy genius, and even the best (and best looking) English actors seem to only succeed in front of American audiences when they fake American accents, so Ricky’s lack of box office draw in America probably says more about America than it does him.

  • TheMuppetManiac

    This was the only way Ricky could get a starring role in a movie. He’s really hurt his career. He needed to co-star in a hit movie (yes, he was in Night at the Museum, but that was more of a cameo and not his target audience) and then take a starring role. Ghost Town and The Invention of Lying were horrible and set him back in the U.S. Him and Steve Coogan are huge in the UK, but aren’t Hollywood leads.

  • Kyle Chandler

    Sounds a lot like the plot of the christmas special from the end of the office. Wonder what new things they’ll actually add to it.

  • Kyle Chandler

    Sounds a lot like the plot of the christmas special from the end of the office. Wonder what new things they’ll actually add to it.

  • davey

    Grinning like an idiot just thinking about the possibilities. I would imagine there will be some big name cameos to try and lure a larger American audience.

  • Pernell Whitaker

    So ironic… Gervais is becoming the real life comedy equivalent of everything he mocks. Talk about a one trick pony. Only so many times we can laugh at one man’s self-delusion and pathetic life. That’s coming from a massive fan of The Office and Extras too.

    • agent777

      Leanr guitar with David Brent was hillarious though. The Office was two short seasons and 2 specials, so deffiently room for more. I think it’s a good sign this is more of a Brent film than trying to force a straight Office movie.

      Given the bloat of American Office seasons and spinoffs, I think this is a needed addition.

      • Pernell Whitaker

        The office ended at the right time. Brent was a masterful creation, and the office was ahead of its time. It’s the only gag he seems to have tho unfortunately.

  • -

    I loved the original but given that Gervais hasn’t really done anything particularly good since Extras I don’t have high hopes for this.

    • agent777

      An Idiot Abroad?

  • agent777

    But will ‘Big’ Steve Merchant be involved? You gotta have the Smerch.

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