Having been spun-off years later from the classic show he created in order to star in charity special faux-utopia music videos, and an exclusive YouTube series, it appears as though English actor/comedian Ricky Gervais is looking to bring another new lease of life to character ‘David Brent’, and take him all the way to the traditional top.
That peak, of course, is the magical world of cinema, where Gervais hopes to have one of his next projects as a movie starring the well loved character of David Brent.
First conceived as the bad-joke making but affable office manager on classic BBC sitcom/mockumentary The Office in the early 2000’s, Gervais brought Brent back in a Comic Relief follow-up (featuring new character ‘Dom Johnson’ (Doc Brown)) showing what had happened to the character over the past decade, since taking him onto his official YouTube channel with music series Learn Guitar with David Brent.
He has been rumoured to be using the series as a springboard to greater musical presence for the character, with a David Brent album and ‘charity tour’ reportedly being planned, although it seems as though there are even bigger goals in mind behind that. Speaking to The Hollywood Reporter, Gervais noted that the webseries he has created (currently on 7 episodes of 5-10 minutes each) is the latest step on his path towards creating a feature film for the character, which would focus on him ‘trying to make it in the music industry’.
He had recently said of the recent rumours of being close to signing a record deal for David Brent: “I can’t believe I’m getting ridiculous offers from major record companies all over the world for a David Brent album. Where were these people when I was trying to be a real popstar? It’s been so much fun bringing back David Brent and have him philosophise on YouTube and spend all his hard-earned repping money on still trying to become a popstar.”
That effort looks like it might be saved up for a more theatrical display in the future, though, with any title likely to add to a currently-developing trend of ‘structured reality’ films based around individual characters from TV shows that have been made in recent times: