Ricky Gervais has revealed his new film about The Office's David Brent will avoid the jaded corporate interiors that made the BBC TV series a hit, reports The Wrap.
Gervais said it would make no sense to revive the Wernham Hogg paper company in Slough for Life on the Road, because Brent would have long ago moved on in pursuit of his musical dream were he a real life figure.
"I won't revisit The Office because that wouldn't make sense," said the comic. "We did The Office perfectly and for all those people to still be there – that would be ridiculous. Imagine going back to an office you worked in 20 years ago and they're still there, they're just a little bit older."
Continued Gervais: "Imagine if that was a real documentary – The Office – and David Brent was the person he was. He'd still be trying to be famous. You wouldn't go back and find him in the office – you would go back and find him repping like he is now, still trying to be a pop star and trying to get Simon Cowell's eye and trying to have his own YouTube channel."
Life on the Road, which will be shot in the same mockumentary style as The Office, will focus on Brent's life as he goes on tour 15 years after being made redundant from Wernham Hogg. The 50-year-old wannabe has cashed in his pension to pay for a band of expensive young session musicians, because ticket receipts are not enough to cover their wages and a tour bus.
"He thinks he's gonna get signed," Gervais told The Wrap. "He's trying to get A&R men along, and they're coming along and going, 'You look like Piers Morgan, you're a 50-year-old man in a suit, why are we going to sign this?' It's absolutely fucking tragic."
The Office made Gervais a global star, with the series picked up for broadcast in more than 100 countries. It has been remade several times, with a popular US version starring Steve Carell in the lead role. The sitcom also boosted the careers of supporting actors Martin Freeman, now familiar to BBC1 viewers as John Watson in Sherlock and as Bilbo Baggins in Peter Jackson's big-screen adaptations of The Hobbit, and Mackenzie Crook, who has appeared in the Pirates of the Caribbean movies and hit fantasy show Game of Thrones.
Life on the Road follows hit TV-to-film transfers The Inbetweeners and Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa on to the big screen. A second Inbetweeners movie made £2.75m on its opening day at cinemas earlier this week, a record for a live-action comedy at the UK box office.
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