The BBC's comedy unit and its movie unit are reportedly working together to produce theatrical motion pictures based on the publicly supported broadcaster's hit sitcoms. The BBC website said today that Kenton Allen, creative head of BBC Comedy Talent, is heading up a scheme that, in Allen's words, would allow its comedy stars "to paint on a bigger canvas." Among the shows reportedly being considered for a big-screen version is The Office, starring Ricky Gervais. An American version of the show, starring Steve Carell in the Gervais role, currently airs on NBC. The BBC has a long history of producing theatrical films, but most have not been distributed outside the U.K.