- Greg Daniels, the showrunner of The Office, did not confirm or deny rumors of a reboot in a recent interview.
- In a potential reboot, Daniels mentioned the possibility of exploring the impact of modern technology, such as cell phones, on the show’s storylines.
- Rainn Wilson, who played Dwight Schrute, has suggested a pandemic-themed revival of the series involving quirky kidnapping methods.
The Office, a widely popular workplace comedy series that aired from 2005 to 2013, featured stellar performances from stars such as Steve Carell, John Krasinski, Mindy Kaling, B.J. Novak, and Jenna Fischer. Recently, a potential reboot with original showrunner Greg Daniels at the helm has been making headlines.
In an interview with Collider, Daniels did not give a definitive answer to the reboot rumors, but recognized the excitement from fans and the attention the rumors have generated. He stated that he would make an announcement when there is concrete information to share.
Daniels said, “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.”
Discussing the possible reboot, Daniels mentioned that modern technology, especially cell phones, could present new opportunities in the show’s storylines. He explained how cell phones have drastically changed classic plot twists in older movies.
He commented, “Yeah, it’s an interesting question. When you watch old movies it’s like a game to identify what wouldn’t work when everybody had a cell phone. You know what I mean? Like all the story moves of people like, ‘Oh, they just missed you. Oh, dang.’ Now maybe I’ll get on that boat and go to, you know, it’s just like, ‘Oh, how frustrating if you only had a cell phone.’ I mean, it’s an interesting question for sure.”
Rainn Wilson, who portrayed Dwight Schrute, shared his own idea for the revival, involving pandemic-themed episodes. In Wilson’s concept, Dwight is instructed by corporate to bring the entire cast back to the office, with each character showing resistance. Dwight employs unconventional methods of kidnapping his coworkers, resulting in humor and fresh energy for the show.
Wilson said, “It would’ve been so much fun to film The Office during the pandemic. If we had pandemic episodes, that would’ve been amazing. The Office writers were so great — they would’ve been able to spin that in some beautiful ways. I think it would be: He gets the call from corporate to get everyone back in the office and everyone is resistant. So, one at a time, Dwight has to kidnap every Office cast member and bring them into Dunder Mifflin in some kind of obscure and somewhat inappropriate way.”
While a reboot of The Office remains uncertain and unconfirmed, it is clear that there is considerable anticipation surrounding its potential comeback.