Leading independent studio Entertainment One (eOne), in association with BBC Films, is pleased to announce that it is on board to finance the upcoming LIFE ON THE ROAD from David Brent, one of the world’s best-loved comedy characters.
With eOne Features launching worldwide sales of the film in Cannes, eOne also confirmed that it will directly distribute the film in the UK and Australia/New Zealand.
Directed, written by and starring Ricky Gervais, LIFE ON THE ROAD sees a documentary crew catching up with Brent – former star of hit series The Office and now working as a travelling salesman – as he chases his dream of rock stardom by self-financing a UK tour with his band, “Foregone Conclusion”.
Ricky Gervais comments, “I’m so excited that the world will see what David Brent is up to now and where his future lies. This film delves much more into his private life than The Office ever did and we really get to peel back the layers of this extraordinary, ordinary man.”
“We are excited to partner with the incomparable Ricky Gervais and BBC Films to bring this iconic UK character to audiences around the world in 2016,” said Alex Hamilton, Managing Director, eOne Films UK. “As a writer, director and actor Ricky’s talent and ability to make people laugh puts him in a league of his own. We are delighted to be involved with this film on an international basis,” added Xavier Marchand, President, eOne Features.
“BBC Films is thrilled to be supporting David Brent in this exciting new phase of his career,” said Christine Langan, Head of BBC Films.
Marchand’s recently recast division, eOne Features, is the company’s feature film creative development, production and international sales unit. Current productions include Gavin Hood’s EYE IN THE SKY, Fabrice Du Welz’s MESSAGE FROM THE KING, and complement the company’s international sales slate which includes Matt Ross’ CAPTAIN FANTASTIC, Jay Roach’s TRUMBO and Tom McCarthy’s SPOTLIGHT.