UPDATED 10/17, 9:20 p.m. ET: Unfortunately, fans of The Office will have to wait a little bit longer for an official reboot.
Showrunner Greg Daniels addressed the speculation of the show’s potential return in an interview with Collider’s editor-in-chief Steve Weintraub, saying, “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.”
It was previously suggested that a reboot of the beloved sitcom would be part of a major announcement following the conclusion of the Writers Guild of America’s strike. After the strike officially ended on Sept. 27, no such announcement was made.
However, all hope is not lost. Daniels did mention he's had conversations with NBC about the possibility of a reboot for the hit show.
NBCUniversal has not commented on the matter.
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Per a Puck report by Matt Belloni, a reboot of the beloved sitcom is in development as the Writers Guild of America reached a tentative agreement with studios and streamers to end the lengthy strikes calling for fair compensation and residuals.
Once the strike has officially ended and the details of the deal the WGA struck with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers are announced, The Office reboot is expected to be announced alongside a number of other high-profile projects.
Daniels, who adapted the mockumentary series from the British series of the same name created by Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant, served as showrunner during the first four seasons of the show's original run. It is unclear if any of the cast is expected to return in the reboot, or if it will make it past the development stage.
Fans have already expressed trepidation regarding a potential revival, especially considering the less-than-enthusiastic response to the later seasons of the show when it lost its lead, Steve Carrell.
In 2021, former NBCUniversal chairman of entertainment content Susan Rovner said that the company is "standing by" ready to reboot The Office "whenever Greg Daniels wants to do one." Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, it was reported that Daniels had expressed interest in rebooting the series in some shape or form.
The Office star and writer B.J. Novak addressed the possibility of the show returning last year and said it all appeared to be down to whether Daniels is game. “I think, I don’t know contractually but I know spiritually, it’s a Greg Daniels thing. Pure Greg Daniels,” Novak said. “I think everyone knows that he is the person who controls the rights to The Office—spiritually, creatively, the American Office. Again, I don’t know the law of it but we all know that it’s a Greg Daniels question.” Novak added that he believed the show would only return if Daniels had a worthy idea to do so, while he also suggested that he thinks it would be a new cast if it did come back.