“This is exciting news and this is top secret, so I’m going to say it now. Netflix has bought out the rest of the world again,” Gervais said. “Which is great for me, because I’d rather 20 million people see it than half a million people see it in cinemas, do you know what I mean? Because I want to do tours off the back of it. So for me, it’s great.”
Netflix made the official announcement on Thursday that its nabbed U.S. and select international rights to the film — excluding the U.K., Ireland, Australia and New Zealand — which premieres in 2017.
“We are thrilled to welcome the iconic character of David Brent back to Netflix, as we were the home to the first digital deal for ‘The Office,’ starring Ricky Gervais. Our existing collaborations across series, for ‘Derek,’ and in film, with ‘Special Correspondents,’ have been fruitful, and it’s only fitting for us to have Ricky’s upcoming feature film available to as many of our viewers as possible,” said Netflix COO Ted Sarandos in a statement on Thursday.
“Life on the Road” is written, directed by and stars Gervais, and follows a documentary crew catching up with his David Brent character as he chases his dream of rock stardom by self-financing a U.K. tour with his band Foregone Conclusion.
The cast includes Ben Bailey Smith, Tom Basden, Jo Hartley, Tom Bennett, Andrew Brooke, Nina Sosanya and Andy Burrows of Razorlight.
Entertainment One is handling distribution in the U.K., Ireland, Australia and New Zealand, and is planning a theatrical release of the film. The movie, co-financed by eOne and BBC Films, is set for release in the U.K. on Aug. 19.
The film is executive produced by Duncan Hayes, Christine Langan and Alex Hamilton, produced by Charlie Hanson, and co-produced by Katie Mavroleon.
“The Office” ran for two six-episode seasons in 2001 and 2002 in the U.K., and was the precursor to NBC’s remake starring Steve Carell.
Netflix and Gervais recently teamed up on “Special Correspondents” as well as Gervais’ Netflix comedy series “Derek.” Gervais is repped by WME.
Watch the announcement below: