If you don’t know David Brent by now, you will never, never, never know him… ooooooooooooooo.
David Brent, Ricky Gervais’ signature creation from the original Office TV series, was a middle-manager at a depressing paper company who never gave up his dream to be a rock-star. Never!
Now, Gervais, who dusted off the character last year for a series of YouTube guitar lessons and a mini-tour of live performances, is giving the character the big-screen treatment. Life on the Road will be a BBC Films mockumentary that chronicles Brent’s live concerts; he thinks the camera crew is making a true rockumentary, oblivious—as always—to the fact that they’re really filming a “Where are they now?” video pegged to his fleeting reality-TV fame.
On Twitter, Gervais confirmed the project and clarified its scope: “Just to be clear, I am not making an Office movie. I’m doing a documentary film about David Brent trying to be rock star.”
That said, there remains the possibility that some familiar faces from Wernham Hogg could pop up. Back in March, when Gervais discussed the project with media, he told the BBC, “If they’re around and they haven’t got anything better to do, who knows.”
Production is set to begin in 2015.