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Gervais plans rom-com movie

Ricky Gervais is planning to take on Hollywood by writing a mainstream romantic comedy.

The Extras says he is currently planning his debut movie, but wants to make sure it isn’t formulaic.

In an interview with The Sunday Times, Gervais said: ‘We don’t want to get in George Clooney and Sandra Bullock who at the beginning hate each other and you know they will end up together.

‘The best ones are the unlikely ones, like When Harry Met Sally’.

But he insists he doesn’t want the film to be so art-house ‘six people in the world e-mail to say it was wonderful. We want to take on Hollywood.’

It’s one of three projects Gervais is planning following Extras, which he says wants to end after two series.

Another is The Men From The Pru, a sitcom set in a Seventies seaside town ‘the sexual revolution forgot’ about a man who dreams of leaving but feels compelled to stay.

The other is a conspiracy-theory drama set in suburbia described as ‘when a Neighbourhood watch scheme grows out of hand’.



Published: 17 Sep 2006

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