David Brent movie is almost a musical, says Ricky Gervais

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Ricky Gervais explained that the new David Brent movie - which is set to be released in 2016 - is "almost a musical".

Ricky Gervais says the new David Brent movie is "almost a musical".

The comedian has given fans of the TV character a preview of what they can expect from the much-hyped film, revealing that it'll take the shape of another fake documentary "about what he's doing now, and what he's doing now is sort of repping".

Gervais, 53, explained: "But he hasn't let go of this dream of being a rock star and he's got a lot of songs together and he's got a young band together that he's paying through the nose for and they're just sort of ripping him off. They're sort of session musicians so he's losing money.

"He has to cash in a pension, he does a little tour he wants the record companies to come along to. Obviously he thinks it's like Scorsese following the Rolling Stones around, this documentary team, but it's really sort of a Where Are They Now documentary... it's almost a musical, really."

Gervais, who starred in 'The Office' and 'Extras', hopes to begin shooting the film next year, adding that it is likely to hit cinemas in 2016.

He said: "It can certainly have a theatrical release around the world. But we're not talking 'blockbuster'. We're probably talking an under 10 million dollar movie. I'm not making a Hobbit movie here."

David Brent: Life on the Road

  • 3 stars
  • 2015
  • UK
  • 96 min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Ricky Gervais
  • Written by: Ricky Gervais
  • Cast: Ricky Gervais, Doc Brown, Andy Burrows, Rebecca Gethings
  • UK release: 19 August 2016

David Brent (Gervais) takes unpaid leave to pursue rock stardom with his band Foregone Conclusion. The skin-crawling songs are worth the price of admission, although the comedy feels crueller than before, and after a brilliant start and amusing middle, the film dissolves into cheap sentiment.

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