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"I prefer a flan..."

If that above random quote means anything to you, then you're probably a major fan of the original British series of The Office. If that's the case, then let me ask you a question. What would you think of a David Brent feature film?

Well, I'm only asking because that's what's in store from The Office co-writer and star, Ricky Gervais. According to, the comedian will be resurrecting his iconic Office character, David Brent, for a spin-off feature film titled Life On the Road .

The film, which will be filmed as a mockumentary, will follow Brent 15 years after he was made redundant from paper firm, Wernham Hogg. Now, with more time on his hands, Brent has returned to his first love - music. Here's what the official statement said:

We find out what Brent is doing now and what's happened in the last 15 years since his redundancy from his beloved Wernham Hogg. He's a sales rep now, selling cleaning products up and down the country, but has never really given up on his dream of being a rock star.

Ricky Gervais himself added:

He thinks it'll be like Scorsese doing the Rolling Stones, but we'll show the full horror. He's had to take two weeks off work and cash in his pension, because the session musicians in the band are costing him more than he's getting in ticket sales.

Of course, this synopsis isn't incredibly surprising considering Gervais recently returned to his cheap suits to portray Brent in a series of 'Learn Guitar With David Brent' web shorts. Indeed, these videos were so successful they actually spawned a real-life tour with David Brent and his fictional band, Foregone Conclusion. Check out one below:

On Twitter, Ricky Gervais reiterated that this was a David Brent film and NOT an Office film. So, from the sounds of things, Life on the Road is unlikely to feature major characters from The Office television series, indeed Martin Freeman has originally said we wouldn't like to return to the series so as to preserve its brilliance. So that probably means no Tim, Dawn or Gareth, but there's always the chance other secondary characters might pop up. Personally I wouldn't mind Finchy showing up for a little cameo. He is a bloody good rep after all.

There's also no official word yet on whether his The Office co-writer Stephen Merchant will be involved in the writing of Life on the Road. Merchant wasn't involved in Brent's more recent web-based return, although I'd be surprised if Merchant wasn't somehow associated as an executive producer or something similar. And what about Karl Pilkington? Surely he's got a cameo lined up?

As a huge fan of the original series, I'm not quite sure how I feel about this development. The Office is a sublime piece of comedy which, as Freeman explains, was particularly effective purely because it knew how and when to end. Furthermore, although his Youtube shorts were amusing, I don't think his recent work without Merchant has been quite up to the standards of The Office. Still, you just know I'm going to watch it regardless.

Life on the Road is expected to go into production in 2015.


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