Following the mixed results of Ghost Town and The Invention of Lying, Ricky Gervais once again returns to the big screen with the upcoming Cemetery Junction. Those who were fans of Gervais’ work on The Office and Extras but have been indifferent to his film work have reason to rejoice: Gervais wrote and directed Cemetery Junction with longtime collaborator Stephen Merchant, with whom he created the former projects.
The film is a coming of age story about two 20-somethings working as clerks for an insurance company in 1970s Reading, Berkshire. Seeing as Gervais also grew up in Reading in the 1970s, one would guess the film has autobiographical undertones. Originally titled The Man From the Pru after a colloquial term for Prudential insurance agents, the film was rechristened after the company became displeased with their portrayal.
Gervais describes Cemetery Junction as a cross between The Office and Mad Men, so it’s safe to say it’ll be pretty damn good.