The Office showrunner Greg Daniels says there are no plans to reboot the popular NBC sitcom. However, he hasn’t ruled out the possibility for the future. Speaking to Collider, he said that if anything were in the works, fans would hear it from him first. Daniels also addressed the rumor, which gained momentum on social media following reports of a revival from Puck News.
Greg Daniels has dashed the hopes of The Office fans, clarifying that there’s no reboot on the way.
“Well, I think that it’s very speculative,” Daniels continued. “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,” he added about The Office reboot.
Puck published a report suggesting that The Office was in the early planning stages of its reboot following the resolution of the WGA strike. While Daniels has refuted the notion, he had been considering the idea for a while. In March 2022, he expressed his interest in creating a revival, describing it as “an extension of the universe, like the way The Mandalorian is an extension of Star Wars.”
“Well, I think that it’s very speculative. 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.”Greg Daniels, creator of The Office
Although Daniels appears to have no immediate plans to revive The Office, NBCUniversal has expressed interest in a reboot provided that the showrunner is involved. In February 2023, Susan Rovner, Chairman of entertainment content at NBCUniversal TV and streaming at the time, said, “Whatever Greg Daniels wants to do, I’m standing by with open arms.
This sentiment from Rovner echoes her previous comments about The Office from 2021 when she stated that NBCUniversal was waiting for Daniels to propose a reboot. NBCUniversal paid $500 million to reacquire the streaming rights for the comedy in 2020. The move underscores the company’s deep appreciation of the franchise’s immense value in the streaming realm.
The casting process for The Office was crucial to the show’s success, and it’s unclear if a reboot would be the same with new actors.
Daniels, known for his work on King of the Hill and Parks and Recreation, was the driving force behind the American version of The Office, so it’s not surprising that the studio wants him involved in a potential reboot. He adapted the British show for American audiences, preserving the mockumentary format but making it more relatable to US viewers.
The Office is set in the Scranton, Pennsylvania branch of the fictional Dunder Mifflin Paper Company. The series takes the form of a documentary, with a crew filming the daily lives and interactions of the employees. The show humorously depicts the mundane and absurd aspects of office life, led by the bumbling regional manager, Michael Scott, played by Steve Carell.
The casting process for The Office was crucial to the show’s success, and it’s unclear if a reboot would be the same with new actors. Along with Steve Carell’s Michael Scott, the ensemble cast included Rainn Wilson as Dwight Schrute, John Krasinski as Jim Halpert, and Jenna Fischer as Pam Beesly, who embodied their characters in a way that made them relatable and hilariously eccentric.
The Office ran for nine seasons from March 2005 to May 2013. It built a massive following during its run and has continued to gain popularity through streaming services. The show earned numerous awards and nominations, including multiple Primetime Emmy Awards. Steve Carell, in particular, received critical acclaim and won a Golden Globe Award for his role as Michael Scott.
The Office continues to be a favorite among viewers and has enjoyed enduring popularity even after its original run, thanks to its availability on streaming platforms, so a reboot would likely share in its success.