Netflix subscribers are going to be seeing a lot more of Ricky Gervais in the coming years. The streaming service has signed Gervais to a multiyear, overall deal that will include After Life season 3. The second season of the dark comedy debuted last month and proved to be rather successful, which led to Netflix and Gervais extending the scope of their partnership.
There is no word yet on how soon After Life season 3 could get underway. With the current production shutdown, it is truly difficult to say when TV productions will be able to safely resume again. Season 2 currently holds a 75 percent approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes. While Netflix typically doesn't share streaming numbers, it seems quite a few people tuned in. Taking to Twitter, Ricky Gervais revealed that the show was number one, which paved the way for season 3. Here's what he had to say.
"Because so many of you watched #AfterLife2 so quickly and made it Number 1 again, the nice people at Netflix have suggested that I get off my fat arse and do another season. This is all your fault."
The series takes place in the small fictitious town of Tambury and centers on Tony (Ricky Gervais), a writer for the local newspaper whose life is turned upside down when his wife dies of cancer. Season 2 sees Tony struggling with immense grief for his wife while he tries to be a better friend to those around him. The cast also includes Penelope Wilton, David Bradley, Ashley Jensen, Tom Basden, Tony Way, David Earl, Joe Wilkinson, Kerry Godliman, Mandeep Dhillon, Jo Hartley, Roisin Conaty and Diane Morgan.
As for the overall deal, financial terms weren't disclosed but it is said to be in the eight-figure range. Under the deal, Ricky Gervais will create new original programming for Netflix, as well as new stand-up comedy specials. Netflix has also locked down other A-list creatives such as Ryan Murphy, Shonda Rhimes, David Benioff and D.B. Weiss in similar, rich deals. As the streaming wars heat up, deals such as this have become increasingly important. Gervais, in a statement, had this to say about it.
"I was planning to retire soon and just wander around the house drunk until I die, but I've grown a bit tired of doing that during the lockdown, and also Netflix made me an offer I couldn't refuse."
Aside from After Life, Netflix and Ricky Gervis previously collaborated on the show Derek, as well as his stand-up special Humanity. Gervais was also behind the recent animated feature The Willoughbys and starred alongside Eric Bana in the live-action feature Special Correspondents. Netflix also picked up the rights to David Brent: Life on the Road, a one-off special that sees Gervais reprising his character from The Office. This news was previously reported by The Hollywood Reporter.