The Office creator Greg Daniels is interested in bringing his quirky workplace comedy back to the screen—but not as a reboot.
For several years, there have been rumors that the series, which originally aired from 2005 to 2013, was coming back for an encore, but nothing has ever come to fruition. In September, those rumors ramped up after Puck News published a report claiming that an Office reboot was officially in the pipeline. According to writers Matthew Belloni and Jonathan Handel, the project had a green light, and Daniels was involved.
Daniels commented on the matter with Collider in October. He neither confirmed nor denied the rumor.
“Well, I think that it’s very speculative,” he said. “The fact that it kind of blew up based on one line in a puck piece was kind of cool, I guess, in the sense that the fans still care a lot. But the thing I would say is, when there’s something to announce, I will definitely announce it.”
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Greg Daniels revisited the topic this week as he was promoting Season 3 of his current show, Upload. While talking to TheWrap, the Emmy-winning writer admitted that he envisions a future with more The Office, but he’s still trying to nail down the specifics.
“I don’t like to think of anything as a reboot, you know what I mean?” he shared. “Because I feel like we ended that story beautifully. The characters had closure. I would never want to redo that same show with a different cast because I think we got the luckiest cast, the best cast ever, in TV, to do that show. So the notion of a reboot is not of interest.”
Daniels is more interested in creating a spinoff series. The Dunder Mifflin universe would still exist as it is, but the story would be fresh. He likened his idea to the most current Star Wars addition.
“The notion of maybe something like the way The Mandalorian is a new show in the Star Wars universe. You know what I mean? Something like the notion of this documentary crew doing a documentary about a different subject.”
“That, I think, could be intriguing and creative,” he continued. “But I don’t even know what you would call that. I don’t know if that’s like a sister show or something. I don’t know what the term is. But it doesn’t feel like ‘reboot’ would be the appropriate term for that.”
Whether or not The Office will come back to the screen is still up in the air. But Daniels seems to be seriously considering a redo of some sort. And if it does, and he allows some of the old cast to make cameos, nearly all the original stars have gone on the record and said they’d happily reprise their characters.
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