Ricky Gervais is returning to Netflix with a brand new comedy series that will see the comedian exploring some dark themes.
After Life will be written and directed by Gervais, who is also starring in the new half hour series, which has been commissioned for an initial six-episode run.
The show’s official synopsis from Netflix reads:
“Tony (Ricky Gervais) had a perfect life. But after his wife Lisa suddenly dies, Tony changes. After contemplating taking his own life, he decides instead to live long enough to punish the world by saying and doing whatever he likes from now on.
“He thinks it’s like a Super Power – not caring about himself or anyone else – but it turns out to be tricky when everyone is trying to save the nice guy they used to know.”
The show will likely see Gervais exploring the familiar themes of mortality and religion. The premise itself does not sound entirely dissimilar to his previous film, The Invention of Lying.
In that instance, Gervais played a writer who exists in a world where no one has ever lied. One day, he develops the ability to deceive, however, leading to all kinds of chaos.
The film earned average reviews upon release and ultimately underwhelmed at the box office.
Gervais will be hoping for better this time around though. The series has yet to be given an official release date while additional cast information has not been provided.