Gervais to Animate Podcasts for HBO

Original Office mate Ricky Gervais is getting animated, with HBO ordering 13 episodes of a new cartoon series based on the actor’s popular series of podcasts.

According to Variety, the show will likely air in early 2010. The show is being produced by Media Rights Capital along with the animation studio W!LDBRAIN, best known for Yo Gabba Gabba.

The show features Gervais and Stephen Merchant and revolves around the eccentric life of their friend, radio producer Karl Pilkington, the trade reports. The series began as a radio show in 2005 and morphed into a podcast.

The producers expect to deliver the show to the cable network by year’s end.