Ricky Gervais to make Chinese version of The Office

13/08/10

Ricky Gervais

Ricky Gervais is making a version of hit show The Office for Chinese television, the star has confirmed on his blog.

The sitcom, set in a Slough paper company, made Gervais a household name and has been remade for viewers around the world.

Best known of the remakes is the US version starring Hollywood funnyman Steve Carell.

But versions have also been made in countries like France and Israel.

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

The 49-year-old is also working with long term collaborator Stephen Merchant on a new project - Life's Too Short - about the day-to-day frustrations of a dwarf.

The show's been commissioned by the BBC and the pair will appear on screen as well as being executive producers.