'The Office' coming to China, Gervais says

16th August 2010, Comments 0 comments

A Chinese David Brent? British comedian Ricky Gervais says that could soon become a reality as a Chinese version of the television smash hit sitcom "The Office" is in the works.

"I have some amazing news too. We are about to start work on developing a Chinese 'The Office'. How cool is that?" Gervais said on his blog.

The British actor shot to fame as co-creator and star of "The Office," a comedy filmed in fake documentary style about the day-to-day operations of a paper business where he played Brent, a cringe-inducing, middle-manager.

The show has since been recreated in several countries including Canada, Chile, France, Germany, Israel and the United States, where US actor Steve Carell has the lead role.

In 2004, Gervais won a Golden Globe for the original British show, which first aired in 2001. Carell took the same trophy for the US version in 2006.

Earlier this year, Gervais hosted the Golden Globe Awards ceremony, and is slated to reprise that role in 2011. He also has directed two feature films -- "The Invention of Lying" and "Cemetery Junction".

Gervais joked that the Chinese authorities, who maintain tight control over media outlets and programming to ensure that content does not run counter to the official government line, could baulk when they see his latest project.

"I'm worried they will pull out when they see the first episode of 'An Idiot Abroad' though. Oh well," he said on the blog.

© 2010 AFP

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