‘The Office’: Could There Ever Be a Third Version of the Iconic Show?

In the age of nostalgia, fans of the hit show The Office are practically demanding a reboot. Seven years after the show wrapped, even the cast is slowly coming around to the idea. Between all nine seasons of the show currently streaming on Netflix (until the end of the year) and the Office Ladies podcast (hosted by alums Jenna Fischer and Angela Kinsey), the hysterical show is experiencing a huge resurgence. But, while most people are talking about rebooting the show and bringing back the old cast, some are wondering what the show could look like if it were completely reimagined.

The Office cast
Angela Kinsey. Kate Flannery, Steve Carell, Phyllis Smith. and Jenna Fischer as Pam Beesly | Drinkwater/NBCU Photo Bank

As most fans of The Office know, the show is actually a reimagining of the eponymous British show. Before Steve Carell was perfectly cast in the role of Michael Scott, audiences were falling in love with Ricky Gervais as David Brent. The creator of the American version of the show, Greg Daniels, asked Gervais for advice from time to time, but ultimately took the American version in its own direction. While it’s clear now that Daniels was extremely successful in his endeavor, that wasn’t always the case. Not only did the American version of The Office garner negativity from fans of the British show, but in the beginning, nobody was really tuning in.

Could there be a reboot or special Christmas episodes of The Office

Fortunately, The Office has picked up a lot of traction since then. In fact, the show has only gotten more popular since it went off the air. Much of the cast has gone on to do other exciting ventures and projects. Unfortunately for those who want a reboot, a booked and busy cast means it would be nearly impossible to shoot a special Christmas episode of The Office, let alone an entire reboot. With that knowledge, some fans are questioning if someone would be able to reimagine The Office for a third time with completely new characters. In a recent interview Michael Schur, who wrote for the show and played Mose Shrute, spoke about that intriguing possibility

Former writer and cast member, Michael Schur weighs in

“I don’t think anyone would ever do that without Greg Daniels’ at least blessing, if not outright participation. Unless he was just like, yeah, go do whatever you want. I mean Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant had a really wonderful attitude. Because as I’m sure you remember, the announcement that there was going to be an American version of this was met with a loud thud from the critical community. But Ricky and Stephen had this lovely attitude that was like, ‘Yeah, go nuts. We made our thing, there’s DVDs of it on our shelves, we can watch them whenever we want. This won’t retroactively hurt our version.” the former cast member of The Office shared.

Greg Daniels was a large part of the show’s success

Schur continued on to say that it wasn’t completely out of the question, but the right person needed to be behind it to ensure it would be a success. “So I suppose Greg and Steve [Carell] and everyone else involved could potentially have that attitude and just say, ‘Go crazy.’ But it’s hard to imagine. I mean, Greg put so much thought and care into that show. The reason it turned out not to be a terrible idea was Greg Daniels. It’s way harder than it seems to do that premise well. So it would take a heroic effort. If it’s not him, it would take an incredibly thoughtful and careful person to execute it properly. But I don’t know, we’ll see,” The Office alum shared. Only time will tell if a reboot or reimagining comes our way. But, at least fans will always have two great versions to enjoy.