BBC Films send word that Ricky Gervais is set to star in a movie focusing on his ‘The Office’ character, David Brent. To commence filming in 2015, the film, titled ‘Life On The Road,’ will follow Brent, now a travelling salesman, up and down the UK as he attempts to fulfill his dream of becoming a rock star. The press release says, “We find out what Brent is doing now and what’s happened in the last 15 years since his redundancy from his beloved Wernham Hogg. He’s a sales rep now, selling cleaning products up and down the country, but has never really given up on his dream of being a rock star. Brent is followed on his self-financed UK tour. He thinks it’ll be like Scorsese filming the Rolling Stones, but it turns out to be a “where are they now” documentary. He has to take a few weeks off work and cash in a couple of pensions, because the session musicians in the band are costing him more than he’s getting in ticket sales. Tragic”
Undoubtedly one of the most successful British comedy series’ of all-time, the original mock-documentary series was created, written, and directed by Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant. The programme was about the day-to-day lives of office employees in the Slough branch of the fictitious Wernham Hogg Paper Company, and also starred the likes of Martin Freeman, Mackenzie Crook, Lucy Davis, Oliver Chris, Patrick Baladi, Stacey Roca, Ralph Ineson and Stirling Gallacher. There’s currently no word on whether any of these actors will appear in the film.
Lionsgate send word that Elijah Wood has joined Vin Diesel, Rose Leslie and Michael Caine in ‘The Last Witch Hunter.’ The supernatural action flick sees an immortal witch hunter (Diesel) partnering with his natural enemy, a female witch (Leslie), to stop the covens of NYC from unleashing a plague on humanity. To be directed by Breck Eisner (The Crazies), ‘The Last Witch Hunter’ is set to start filming in next month in Pittsburgh.
While he’s also rumored for the second season of HBO’s ‘True Detective,’ Taylor Kitsch has reportedly been offered the lead in the English-language remake of Gareth Evans’ cult action flick, ‘The Raid.’ Patrick Hughes (The Expendables 3) is set to the film, which is eyeing a January 2015 shoot. Coincidentally, that is when the second season of ‘True Detective’ is slated to wrap filming.
In the 2011 original, an elite Indonesian S.W.A.T. team raids a building where a gangster and his thugs are embedded and chaos ensues. With ‘Out of the Furnace’ writer Brad Ingelsby on screenwriting duties, the remake is said to have a similar storyline. ‘The Raid 2′ opened earlier this year to critical acclaim and a glowing response from fans.
Well, this came out of the blue. According to a new report, the adaptation of Seth Grahame-Smith‘s ‘Pride and Prejudice and Zombies’ is finally happening. The project has been in development for a number of years, with David O. Russell originaly eyed to direct, Natalie Portman starring and Lionsgate distributing. But reportedly the script took too long to develop the proper tone, leading to Russell and Portman exiting because of scheduling conflicts. After those two left, the project went through a revolving door of directors including Mike White and Craig Gillespie, while actresses such as Scarlett Johansson, Mia Wasikowska, Lily Collins, Emma Stone and Anne Hathaway were all linked to star.
From Entertainment One comes this new behind-the-scenes featurette for Michael Dowse’s (Goon, It’s All Gone Pete Tong) upcoming romantic comedy ‘What If’ (formerly titled ‘The F Word’). Set for an August 8th release in the US and an August 2oth bow in the UK, the film stars Daniel Radcliffe, Zoe Kazan, Adam Driver, Rafe Spall, Megan Park, Mackenzie Davis and Oona Chaplin.
‘What If’ tells the story of medical school dropout Wallace (Radcliffe), who’s been repeatedly burned by bad relationships. So while everyone around him, including his roommate Allan (Driver) seems to be finding the perfect partner (Davis), Wallace decides to put his love life on hold. It is then that he meets Chantry (Kazan) an animator who lives with her longtime boyfriend Ben (Spall). Wallace and Chantry form an instant connection, striking up a close friendship. Still, there is no denying the chemistry between them, leading the pair to wonder, what if the love of your life is actually your best friend?