There’s The Office and then there’s The Office. For many, that name conjures up images of Steve Carell and John Krasinski‘s hijinks, Mindy Kaling obsessing over B.J. Novak, and Craig Robinson routinely being the funniest person in the room. For others, however, the first thing that pops into their minds is Ricky Gervais‘s inexplicable David Brent, dancing and gyrating to calcified pop rock, or the great Martin Freeman flirting with Lucy Davis at the front desk. The former bid farewell to network television a few years ago, but the return of David Brent is seemingly imminent, as Entertainment One and BBC Films announced today that they will be co-funding and distributing Life on the Road, a feature-length film wherein a documentary crew catches up with Brent once again.
“BBC Films is thrilled to be supporting David Brent in this exciting new phase of his career,” said Christine Langan, Head of BBC Films, getting in on the fourth-wall-breaking fun. Expect the same brand of barbed, furious humor that Gervais has become notorious for over the years, though I wouldn’t exactly expect the level of giddy awkwardness that made his award-show-hosting gigs so infamous and, occasionally, insufferable. Still, Brent is one of the great comedic creations of the aughts and is one the few deserving of further exploration as a character. No release date is set yet, but I’m already impatiently waiting for Brent to take the stage again.
Here’s the official synopsis:
Directed, written by and starring Ricky Gervais, LIFE ON THE ROAD sees a documentary crew catching up with Brent – former star of hit series The Office and now working as a travelling salesman – as he chases his dream of rock stardom by self-financing a UK tour with his band, “Foregone Conclusion”.