Jul 28, 2008
A version of the award-winning television show “The Office” will be made in Russia, BBC News reported. As a result of a licensing deal between Channel One in Russia and BBC Worldwide, 24 half-hour original episodes of the series will be produced. The British show, created by Stephen Merchant and Ricky Gervais and starring Mr. Gervais as the nightmare boss David Brent, has been seen in more than 70 countries. The American remake, which features Steve Carell in Mr. Gervais’s role, completed its fourth season in May and won Emmy Awards in 2006 and 2007. Versions of the show also appear in Chile, Canada and France, which in 2006 became the first country to produce a foreign-language version.
The hardest task will obviously be finding the perfect actor to portray the alcoholic co-worker. Good luck finding a "Meredith"! You'll need it.