David Brent: The Movie is really happening
Ricky Gervais is taking his most famous comedy creation to the big screen. David Brent: The Movie, or Life on the Road as it’s actually called, will is currently being developed with BBC Films and goes in to production in 2015.
Ricky Gervais poses for photos at The Muppets premiere (Getty 2014/Charley Gallay)
A Brent movie has been on the cards for a while since Gervais brought the former paper merchant back, first for a Comic Relief sketch + song with Doc Brown, then with a series of ‘Learn Guitar’ videos on YouTube in which he played dubious songs under the pretense that he was teaching.
In the movie, we get a chance to look into the last 15 years of Brent’s life “since his redundancy from his beloved Wernham Hogg.” As a sales rep, Brent makes a livigin selling cleaning products up and down the country, as we saw in the excellent Christmas specials after series 2 of the initial BBC sitcom. But he’s never really given up on his dream of being a rock star, and that’s where we pick up his story once more.
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 pension [cheques], because the session musicians in the band are costing him more than he's getting in ticket sales. Tragic," read a press release.
"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."