Open Road has bought U.S. rights to “Life on the Road,” Ricky Gervais’ spinoff movie from his British TV series “The Office.”
“Life on the Road” will be directed, written by and star Gervais. It will be centered on a documentary crew catching up with Gervais’ David Brent character — now working as a traveling salesman — as he chases his dream of rock stardom by self-financing a U.K. tour with his band Foregone Conclusion.
“David Brent getting a big U.S. theatrical release?” Gervais said. “He can die happy now.”
eOne Features, which handles worldwide rights said the “Life on the Road” will open in the U.K. on Aug. 19, 2016, with Open Road planning for a wide theatrical release in the U.S. shortly thereafter.
“Ricky Gervais is a comic genius and we can’t wait to see where he takes this beloved character,” Open Road CEO Tom Ortenberg said.
Entertainment One and BBC Films came on board to finance “Life on the Road” during Cannes.
“The Office” ran for two six-episode seasons in 2001 and 2002, and aired two Christmas specials in 2003.