There are plans for a Chinese version of The Office, according to Variety.

"We are about to start work on developing a Chinese 'The Office.' How cool is that?" show co-creator Ricky Gervais wrote on his blog recently.

The originally British "mockumentary" has already been remade in the U.S., France, Germany, Chile, Israel and the Canadian province of Quebec.

Ricky Gervais joked on his blog the show might not air if Beijing sees his latest project, An Idiot Abroad, where he sends a culturally clueless friend on a trip around the world.

Ricky Gervais did not give any clues about the timing of the Chinese show but the project appeared to be in the early stages. A spokeswoman for BBC Worldwide, the broadcaster's commercial arm which licensed some international versions of the show, said there was "no deal in place, no broadcaster, no production company."