Ricky Gervais: ‘David Brent movie is almost a musical’

Posted on 1 September 2014
By Mark Langshaw
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Ricky Gervais has opened up about his forthcoming David Brent solo movie, describing the project as “almost a musical”.

The comedian revealed that the Office spinoff will also take the form of fake documentary, this time following the former Wernham-Hogg boss on tour with his band.

“It’s really different. It’s another fake documentary about what he’s doing now, and what he’s doing now is sort of repping,” Slash Film quotes him as saying.

“But he hasn’t let go of this dream of being a rock star and he’s got a lot of songs together and he’s got a young band together that he’s paying through the nose for and they’re just sort of ripping him off. They’re sort of session musicians so he’s losing money.

“He has to cash in a pension, he does a little tour he wants the record companies to come along to. Obviously he thinks it’s like Scorsese following the Rolling Stones around, this documentary team, but it’s really sort of a Where Are They Now documentary… it’s almost a musical, really.”

Gervais went on to say that fans can expected the David Brent movie to arrive in theatres worldwide within 18 months to two years.

He added: “I’m writing it now, I’ll probably film it next year. We’re talking 18 months to two years again. It can certainly have a theatrical release around the world. But we’re not talking ‘blockbuster’. We’re probably talking an under 10 million dollar movie. I’m not making a Hobbit movie here.”

Tentatively titled Life on The Road, the film is scheduled to begin shooting next year.

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