Ricky Gervais Developing a Chinese Version of The Office
Ricky Gervais, the creator and executive producer of The Office, is developing a Chinese version of the hit comedy
"We are about to start work on developing a Chinese The Office," Gervais wrote on his blog. "How cool is that?"
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This isn't the first time the show has been remade for another country. The Office originated in the U.K., where Gervais starred as buffoonish boss David Brent. The U.S. adaptation stars Steve Carell as the regional manager of paper company Dunder Mifflin. The show has also been remade for France, Germany, Québec and Chile.
"I'm worried they will pull out when they see the first episode of An Idiot Abroad though," joked Gervais about the Karl Pilkington animated comedy. "Oh well."
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NBC's Office garnered its fifth straight Emmy nomination this year for outstanding comedy series. Carell also received his fifth nod for lead actor."
If the Chinese-version of The Office looks like anything the sketch Carell starred in when he hosted Saturday Night Live in 2008, then we'll be on board. Check out the clip below: