While we know there’s been talk of an Office revival, that doesn’t mean that John Krasinski has been asked to bring back Jim Halpert — shockingly.
In a new interview on Ellen this week discussing his upcoming project Jack Ryan, Krasinski noted that nobody had called him for a new version of the show yet. He then went on to joke that this was somehow a sign that Jim was secretly the network’s least-favorite character. Ellen was sure that there would be someone calling him at some point in the near future — unfortunately, Krasinski wasn’t anywhere near as certain.
Now, we do think that there’s more of a reason for Krasinski not getting a call yet than initially meets the eye, starting with the fact that The Office revival is still very much in its early stages. We haven’t really gotten to the point just yet where the series would be looking to bring back certain people here and there. We also think that producers wouldn’t even look Krasinski’s way until after they’ve got a core cast set and know that they are coming back. There’s about a zero percent chance that they would be able to get him back as a series regular, given his Jack Ryan gig and the other acting / producing jobs he now has. We do think that a guest spot once or twice a season is a little more likely … if this series ever happens in the first place. (In the video, Krasinski confirms that he would come back so the interest is definitely there.)
At the moment, we do think that an idea of an Office revival isn’t terrible, but NBC is looking at it the wrong way. Rather than just having it be almost identical to the original, they should just take one character from that show and place them in a different office environment with a wide array of new faces. Make it more of a reboot and a little less of a continuation of the original. There’s almost no chance that you were ever going to match the greatness of that show, especially without Steve Carell as Michael Scott.
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