Netflix is keeping itself in the Ricky Gervais business. Today, the streaming giant announced that it has acquired U.S. and select international rights to his latest film as writer/director/star, “David Brent: Life on the Road.”
It will premiere on Netflix in 2017, except in the U.K., Ireland, Australia and New Zealand, where it will be given a wide theatrical release by Entertainment One (eOne) this August.
In the film, a documentary crew catches up with David Brent, Gervais’ character from the original, British version of “The Office” (2001–2003), twelve years after the BBC2 documentary within the show wrapped production. Brent is now a traveling salesman, chasing his dream of rock stardom with a self-financed U.K. tour with his band Foregone Conclusion.
“I’m so glad the mighty Netflix have once again outbid all competitors in North America to show my movie exclusively,” said Gervais in a statement. “It is the perfect platform for me, giving complete creative freedom and also millions of instant viewers who can watch again and again. I can’t wait for David Brent to follow it up with his US live tour!”
In April, Netflix exclusively premiered Gervais’ comedy feature “Special Correspondents,” which he wrote and directed, as well as starred in as a radio technician is hiding out above a Spanish restaurant in Queens after he and a dissipated radio journalist (Eric Bana) fake their own kidnapping during a rebel uprising in South America.
The streamer was also the U.S. outlet for his series “Derek,” which earned Gervais Emmy nominations for his performance as the title character — a socially awkward nursing home care assistant — in 2014 and 2015.
“David Brent: Life on the Road,” is a LOTR Films Ltd production, co-financed by eOne and BBC Films. It was executive produced by Duncan Hayes, Christine Langan and Alex Hamilton, produced by Charlie Hanson (“Cemetery Junction,” “Derek,” “Extras”) and co-produced by Katie Mavroleon (“Marley’s Ghosts,” “Pompidou”).
The cast also includes Ben Bailey Smith (“Midwinder of the Spirit,” “Law & Order”), Tom Basden (“Plebs,” “The Wrong Mans”), Jo Hartley (“This is England ‘90,” “Not Safe For Work”), Tom Bennett (“PhoneShop”), Andrew Brooke (“PhoneShop,” “Babylon”) and Nina Sosanya (“Love Actually,” “W1A”). The drummer in Foregone Conclusion is played by real-life musician Andy Burrows, best known for his stints in the bands Razorlight (2004–2009) and We Are Scientists (2009–2014).