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Office creator Greg Daniels has an idea for a reboot, but says it would be “an expansion of the universe”, comparing it to The Mandalorian’s expansion of the Star Wars canon.
Although the hit sitcom ended with an emotional finale in 2013, The Office enjoyed continued popularity through online streaming. After years of speculation about the show’s potential return, it looks like Daniels has an idea of how he would go about it:
“I can’t say if the fans would want more,” he said. Collider. “And when I say more, I don’t think it would be the same characters. I think it would just be kind of an expansion of the universe, you know what I mean, like how [The] Mandalorian is like an expansion of Star Wars. But I don’t know if that would be something people would want or not, it’s hard to say.
While Daniels isn’t too sure The Office fans want to see more of Dunder Mifflin, he’s sure NBC would be on board. “Well, [NBC] would definitely be very excited to do that,” he said.
It seems like it’s not even up for debate after NBC executive Susan Rovner said she would restart the series as soon as creator Greg Daniels was ready.
“Obviously some parts are just personal,” Daniels continued. “Like, I have all these other projects that I’m working on. [The Office] It was such a wonderful and rare experience that obviously you don’t want to just go back to it and maybe disappoint people when right now they couldn’t be happier about it.”
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How would fans react to a reboot or spin-off? Daniels isn’t sure, but he compares it to how The Office was originally adapted from Ricky Gervais’ British TV show of the same name.
“A lot of people were very disappointed because they were like, ‘It’s never going to be as good as the English show,'” he said. “And then it took a while, but we kind of turned around with that boat.”
The Office was already the most-streamed TV show of 2020, with its surge in popularity leading to sketches on Saturday Night Live and even a surge in earnings for actor Brian Baumgartner who earned over $1 million from the service. Cameo online.
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Ryan Leston is an entertainment reporter and film critic for IGN. You can follow him on Twitter.