Greg Daniels has refuted the notion that a full reboot of The Office is in the works. In a recent interview with TheWrap, the co-creator of the US version clarified that he would be more interested in doing a spinoff should he have the opportunity to revisit the beloved sitcom.
“I don’t like to think of anything as a reboot,” Daniels said. “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.”
Instead, Daniels wants to take a cue from how shows like The Mandolorian fit into the Star Wars franchise: “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.”
Daniels continued, “That, I think, could be intriguing and creative. 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.”
In other words, while Daniels isn’t interested in bringing back familiar faces, at least he is open to expanding The Office universe.
It’s worth noting that Daniels previously expressed similar reluctance with doing a reboot during a 2019 interview with Entertainment Weekly. ““It was such a perfect thing that I would hesitate to open it up,” he explained. “We got the chance to end it the way we wanted to end it. It wasn’t like we were interrupted in the middle of a run or something. So in a sense it’s completely an artistic whole.”
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