Appearing on SiriusXM’s the Opie with Jim Norton Show show earlier today, Ricky Gervais revealed that his latest film, David Brent: Life On The Road, a spinoff of the original The Office, has been picked up by Netflix. “This is exciting news and this is top secret, so I’m going to say it now. Netflix has bought out the rest of the world again,” Gervais told Opie and Norton. “Which is great for me, because I’d rather 20 million people see it than half a million people see it in cinemas, do you know what I mean? Because I want to do tours off the back of it. So for me, it’s great.” See it in the clip above.
Entertainment One (eOne), which co-financed the film with BBC, is still handling distribution of David Brent: Life On The Road in the UK, Australia and New Zealand, and is planning theatrical release in August. Netflix will handle distribution in the rest of the world beginning in 2017.
Written and directed by Gervais, David Brent: Life On The Road like The Office before it is a mockumentary, this time focusing on Gervais’ David Brent, the former manager of the Slough branch of Wernham-Hogg paper merchants defined by an inability to do his job or relate like a human being to his employees. Set 15 years after the events portrayed on the original series, the film sees Brent still continuing his quixotic quest to fulfill his dreams of being a rock star, last touched on in 2003’s The Office Christmas Special. Thinking he’s going to be featured in a concert tour documentary ala Martin Scorsese’s chronicling of The Rolling Stones, he’s actually being recorded for a “Where Are They Now?” style production.
Netflix has not yet responded to inquiries about the acquisition.