'The Office' UK Movie With Ricky Gervais Has a Plot That Isn't What You'd Expect. At All.
Though I still personally believe that the US version of The Office went on to surpass the original, UK version in quality, this is still amazing and hilarious news — if only because Ricky Gervais is a comedic genius and we've all been lacking some form of The Office from our lives since NBC ended the US version last year. So, take this news as a good, good sign: According to The Guardian, Ricky Gervais will star in a big screen-adaptation of The Office that's being backed by BBC called Life on the Road, which will follow his character, David Brent, as he takes his band on tour and tries to fulfill his dreams of becoming a rock star. Because, oh, I should also mention that David Brent now wants to be a rock star.
Amazing, right? It gets better: This is from Rolling Stone :
Life on the Road, which will begin production next year, is set 15 years after the end of The Office, when Brent was deemed a "redundancy" and let go from his job at 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," studio BBC Films said in a press release.
The project will be shot documentary-style, much like The Office itself actually was. From The Guardian :
“He thinks it’ll be like Scorsese doing the Rolling Stones, but we’ll show the full horror. He’s had to take two weeks off work and cash in his pension, because the session musicians in the band are costing him more than he’s getting in ticket sales,” said Gervais.
According to Gervais, this is "not an Office movie," but instead "a documentary film about David Brent trying to be rock star. Just sayin'," but whatever, we all know the truth. David Brent is back!
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