There has been a lot of talk about a reboot of The Office, and now it appears to be one step closer to becoming a reality. NBCU boss Bonnie Hammer told Deadline plainly, “It is my hope and goal that we do an Office reboot.”
NBCU recently paid $500 million to take The Office away from Netflix and release it on its own streaming service, called Peacock, starting in 2021. Hammer said conversations are ongoing about bringing back The Office as a reboot, but it seems nothing is decided yet.
“The Office comes back to us in January 2021. It is my hope that we can figure what that great reboot would be,” Hammer said. “We are having conversations.”
There have been rumors and reports about a new version of The Office for years already. Actor Steve Carell, who starred on the show as the boss Michael Scott, flamed the rumor fires in an appearance on Saturday Night Live last year.
The Office, which was adapted from the Ricky Gervais BBC show of the same name, ran for nine seasons from 2005 to 2013. The American show was developed by Saturday Night Live and The Simpsons writer Greg Daniels, who recently teamed up with Carell for a new Space Force show for Netflix.
While no reboot of The Office has happened yet, two of the show’s stars are teaming up for what sounds like a can’t-miss podcast about the history of the show.
According to one report, the character Michael Scott won’t be in the reboot. Carell said in an interview that he thinks it’s a bad idea to bring back The Office. Not only should the show not come back, but it also might not work if it has a similar tone, he said.
“The climate’s different. I mean, the whole idea of that character, Michael Scott, so much of it was predicated on inappropriate behavior,” he said.