Funnyman Ricky Gervais is to make his feature film directorial debut with new comedy THIS SIDE OF THE TRUTH. The four-time Emmy Award nominee will also star in the project, about an entertainer who tells the first lie in a world where everyone tells the truth. Gervais tells Daily Variety, "My character works in the film industry, where actors are really readers who tell completely factual stories. "My character's a loser who's about to lose his job, and who's lumbering through the 1300s. "Once he lies and pretends he's found lost stories, he becomes the greatest storyteller in the world."