Ricky Gervais to make The Office movie without Stephen Merchant

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The Office - Series 2 Picture Shows:  Ricky Gervais as David Brent Series Two of the BAFTA winning comedy, the painfully accurate portrait of the modern work-place that leaves you either counting your blessings or questioning your career. David Brent tries to assimilate the new Swindon intake, a group of well-trained and highly motivated personnel. It should be an easy job. Sadly, someone forgot to tell them they're meant to laugh at everything David says. Unlucky-in-love Tim finds his fortune changing, we discover there's more to demure Dawn than first meets the eye, but there's even less to Gareth. Going solo. Ricky Gervais will bring back David Brent, but Stephan Merchant won’t be joining him. (Picture: BBC)

The spin-off film based around former-office manager David Brent is set to go ahead, but without one half of the team behind the award-winning TV series it’s based on.

According to The Sun, Ricky Gervais is going ahead with the movie – titled Life on the Road – but there is no room for Stephen Merchant.

‘Ricky has every right to do a David Brent movie on his own but fans will understandably be gutted to have it confirmed that Stephen is not involved at all.’ a source said.

Although the spin-off was announced a while ago, with Gervais enthusiastically talking up the project, there has been no official announcement as to whether Merchant be involved.

Twelve years ago, David Brent (Ricky Gervais) was a regional manager for a mid-level paper merchants.  In Summer 2016, get ready to see him on the big screen as he chases fame and fortune in LIFE ON THE ROAD.   Now working as a rep selling cleaning (and ladies personal hygiene) products up and down the country, Brent hasnít given up his dream of becoming a rock star - or more specifically, singer/songwriter for fledgling rock band ëForegone Conclusioní.  As he assembles a group of mercenary session musicians, a talented sidekick for street cred and an overpriced yet underwhelmed tour manager, he embarks upon a self-financed UK tour coming to a venue near every major city near you. Ricky Gervais says, "Iím 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." LIFE ON THE ROAD is directed, written by and stars Ricky Gervais as David Brent, one of the worldís best-loved comedy characters.  With original music by Ricky GervaisÖ.and not to mention a few of the classics - Free Love Freeway and Equality Street, this movie will do for every mid-level sales rep with a dream of becoming a rock god as what the Rolling Stones did for rock íní roll! Co-financed by Entertainment One and BBC Films.  Entertainment One will release LIFE ON THE ROAD in August 2016. Featuring: Ricky Gervais, David Brent Where: United Kingdom When: 18 May 2015 Credit: Rich Hardcastle **WENN does not claim any ownership including but not limited to Copyright, License in attached material. Fees charged by WENN are for WENN's services only, do not, nor are they intended to, convey to the user any ownership of Copyright, License in material. By publishing this material you expressly agree to indemnify, to hold WENN, its directors, shareholders, employees harmless from any loss, claims, damages, demands, expenses (including legal fees), any causes of action, allegation against WENN arising out of, connected in any way with publication of the material.** David Brent getting ready for Life on the Road (Picture: WENN)

The pair were co-writers and…

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