We might not be getting a reboot of The Office anytime soon, but Netflix just announced the next best thing. Deadline reports that the streaming giant has just ordered a new workplace comedy series from co-creators Steve Carell and Greg Daniels, who adapted the original British series for American audiences and served as showrunner for five seasons. Better yet, Carell will also star in the new project.
The show will follow a group of individuals planning to create the sixth branch of the armed services, the titular Space Force. Carell will front the series, although the rest of the cast has yet to be announced. He will also serve as an executive producer alongside Daniels, who will take on showrunner duties. Howard Klein, who served as an executive producer on The Office, will also be involved.
Netflix released a teaser for the show, which takes inspiration from Donald Trump's idea of launching an armed forces that will defend the United States from space. No word yet on when to expect the series to premiere.
When it comes to a reboot of The Office, Carell has been very non-commital. There was even a joke about it on SNL when he returned to host. When he spoke to Esquire in Oct. 2018, he pretty much shut down any rumors, explaining, "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."
Paul Lieberstein, who served as the show's showrunner when Greg Daniels left following season four, has made it clear that he's up for a "one-off special," however.