Thursday 22 March 2018

Merchant: I'm up for Brent film

Stephen Merchant thinks reviving David Brent in a film is a good idea
Stephen Merchant thinks reviving David Brent in a film is a good idea

Stephen Merchant has said that a David Brent film should see the character move away from The Office.

The funnyman, who co-created the iconic British TV comedy with Ricky Gervais, said the big-screen outing should see Ricky's Office alter-ego "isolated" from the Slough office, Wernham Hogg Paper Company.

"I haven't spoken to Ricky about it. I don't know if it's just talk or a proper plan. I think if he did do it, it would be David Brent in isolation away from The Office," he told Digital Spy.

"I don't think we could open the doors of Wernham Hogg again," he added.

Ricky has already revived the character for BBC's Comic Relief in May, before launching an online series, Learn Guitar With David Brent, and a show at London's Bloomsbury Theatre on October 14. These appearances mark his first recurring role as the Wernham Hogg boss since The Office ended in 2003.

The comedian has hinted that the revival is part of a broader plan to make a film about the character's attempts to make it in the music industry.

Stephen - who wrote and stars in HBO sitcom Hello Ladies - is positive about the revival, citing Steve Coogan's Alan Partridge as an example.

He said: "I haven't seen it yet, but I think the revival of Alan Partridge is really good fun as a fan. I think a good character is hard to keep down."

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