It's been 10 years since the curtains closed on the employees of Dunder Mifflin. The Office is one of the very few shows that has survived the test of time, and now would be the ideal time to bring back the popular mockumentary sitcom. However, only one man holds the power to bring it back.
According to Susan Rovner, the chairman of entertainment content at NBCUniversal TV and streaming, the decision to reboot The Office rests with Greg Daniels, the creator of the US version of the show. Rovner revealed this in an interview with THR, saying:
Whatever Greg Daniels wants to do, I'm standing by with open arms.
Rovner's remarks are consistent with those she made in 2021 about a possible Office reboot.
Whenever Greg Daniels wants to do one, we’re standing by.
Although NBCUniversal hasn't made a formal announcement regarding reviving the show, we can assume that they have big plans in store given that they invested $500 million to acquire the series from Netflix. Last year, Daniels talked about the approach he would take if he decided to reboot the show, saying:
I can't tell whether fans would want more of it, and when I say more of it, I don't think it would be the same characters. I think it would just be sort of like an extension of the universe, you know what I mean, like the way [The] Mandalorian is like an extension of Star Wars. But I don't know if that would be something people would want or not, it's hard to tell.
[The Office] was such a wonderful and rare experience that obviously you don't want to just go back to it and kind of possibly disappoint people when right now, they couldn't be happier about it.
And so I kind of feel like that would happen with a new show, but it would take a long time to do that. And it's like, do you want to wade through all the negativity, in the beginning, to get to the good part at the end? I don't know.
While many people would love to see a reboot in production, The Officer star Steve Carell thinks the show wouldn't work in the current environment. Speaking in an interview with Esquire magazine in 2018, Carell said:
Because 'The Office' is on Netflix and replaying, a lot more people have seen it recently. And I think because of that there's been a resurgence in interest in the show, and talk about bringing it back. But apart from the fact that I just don't think that's a good idea, it might be impossible to do that show today and have people accept it the way it was accepted 10 years ago.
The climate's different. I mean, the whole idea of that character, Michael Scott, so much of it was predicated on inappropriate behavior.
I mean, he's certainly not a model boss. A lot of what is depicted on that show is completely wrong-minded. That's the point, you know? But I just don't know how that would fly now.
There's a very high awareness of offensive things today — which is good, for sure. But at the same time, when you take a character like that too literally, it doesn't really work.
We can all agree that Steve Carell is accurate in his assessment of how well-received the reboot would be if it were to be produced in the same manner. Many actors, such as John Krasinski and B. J. Novak, made their name from starring on the show, but in the current period, a reboot can have the opposite impact on an up-and-coming actor.