The Office may be in for a Restart.
It has been a decade since the conclusion of The Office, and we bid farewell to Michael, Jim, Pam, Dwight, and the rest of the gang. However, there are now rumors circulating that the Dunder Mifflin Paper Company might reopen its doors, with series creator Greg Daniels allegedly planning a "reboot" of the beloved workplace sitcom once the WGA and SAG-AFTRA strikes are resolved.
According to an article published on the media outlet Puck News, writers Matthew Belloni and Jonathan Handel speculate on what projects may emerge in the aftermath of the strikes, based on industry rumors. At the top of their list is a revival of the long-running sitcom.
"For instance, Greg Daniels will be doing a reboot of The Office," they stated. "Dana Walden from Disney will finally announce the return of her close friend Ryan Murphy from Netflix. Numerous high-profile movie scripts will surface. The industry will return to its normal state."
In the realm of entertainment, going "back to normal" signifies revisiting existing intellectual property. In this particular context, it makes sense to some extent: investing resources into new shows always comes with risks, whereas a revival or reimagining of a popular piece of media already has a guaranteed, built-in audience.
Technically, this would be a remake of a remake, as The Office itself was an adaptation of Ricky Gervais' mockumentary sitcom of the same name. While the American version shared the same basic premise—a well-intentioned yet irritating boss with a quirky sidekick and a potential romance between a sales representative and a receptionist—it aired for nine seasons on NBC compared to the original's two, expanding the ensemble cast and featuring various guest stars.
Here's everything we currently know about the proposed reboot.
Who will appear in The Office reboot?It remains unknown whether this new version of the show will bring back the original cast or feature an entirely new ensemble.
There is certainly precedent for actors reprising the roles that brought them fame later in their careers, such as in the Roseanne spinoff The Conners or Netflix's miniseries Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life. Additionally, this year will see the return of the psychiatrist character played by Kelsey Grammer in the Frasier sequel, as he begins anew in a different city.
The availability of the original cast members from The Office is uncertain. For one, John Kraskinski is occupied with action-hero roles and regularly considered for parts in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Steve Carell has shifted into a esteemed serious performer. Mindy Kaling is one of the most coveted humorous authors in Hollywood. Ellie Kempner was propelled to a leading role position in Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. Rainn Wilson is on a mission to rescue the planet.
Could any—or all—of them be enticed back? Difficult to say.
What will the remake be about?The fundamental storyline and concept of any remake would almost certainly adhere closely to what made both the UK and US versions of The Office so popular initially: a regular workplace, populated by peculiar characters, with the intermittent holiday episode that showcases the entire cast's comedic abilities
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