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Coming Soon, Chinese 'The Office'

August 13, 2010 (3:36 am) GMT
Announcing the project is the original series' star Ricky Gervais who tweeted that work will start soon.

is expanding his TV empire - he is working on plans to broadcast a Chinese version of "". The British funnyman has boasted of earning "millions" from the syndication rights to his hit sitcom and royalties from its U.S. re-make.

Now he is set to swell his coffers even further after unveiling his plans to shoot a Chinese version of the show. On his official blog, Gervais writes: "I have some amazing news... We are about to start work on developing a Chinese 'The Office'. How cool is that?"

Meanwhile, speculations keep running as to who will replace Steve Carrell's position in the U.S. version after he departs. The latest names that surface are , and Tony Hale. However, as writer/executive producer Paul Lieberstein said earlier, Michael Scott's replacement will not be a major issue in the new season.

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