Ricky Gervais

Ricky Gervais

Ricky Gervais, the creator and star of the original British version of "The Office," will be taking his comedic talents to a supernatural romantic comedy.

The Brit and Greg Kinnear have signed on to star in the David Koepp-directed DreamWorks comedy "Ghost Town," according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The story revolves around a dentist who is performing routine surgery when he suddenly dies ... but only temporarily. When he comes back, he discovers that he has the ability to see dead people, all of whom demand that he help them contact the living for various reasons.

There's no indication which roles the actors will take.

The production is looking to begin production in October.

Kinnear, 43, was nominated for an Oscar for his supporting role in "As Good As It Gets." His recent credits include "The Matador," "Fast Food Nation," "Little Miss Sunshine" and "Invincible."

Gervais, 45, has also brought the BBC/HBO series "Extras" to television. His film appearances include "For Your Consideration" and "Night at the Museum." Next up for him is a part in the upcoming fantasy film "Stardust."