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“The Office” is getting a remake, but now a woman will play the boss.
The American version of the hit show aired from 2005 to 2013. “The Office” followed everyday employees working at the fictional paper company Dunder Mifflin in Scranton, Pennsylvania. One of the most iconic members of the staff was manager Michael Scott (Steve Carell).
“The Office” was based on the British comedy of the same name starring Ricky Gervais as the head honcho.
“I’m very excited about Australia remaking my little show from the turn of the century,” Gervais told Variety of the new project. “Office politics have changed a bit in 20 years, so can’t wait to see how they navigate a modern-day David Brent,” he said, referring to his character.
Other “Office” spinoffs exist in other countries, including France, Canada, Chile, Israel, and the Middle East, the outlet noted.
The newest Australian version will feature employees of a packaging company called Flinley Craddick being forced to work from home after COVID shutdowns. Manager Hannah will go to great lengths to keep her “office family” together despite these changes.
One of the most beloved aspects of the American version of “The Office” was the outlandish and irreverent humor, which one of the show’s stars said would never be accepted in today’s political climate.
Mindy Kaling acknowledged that the popular NBC comedy couldn’t exist in today’s hyper-sensitive, politically correct culture and said she believed most characters “would be canceled.”
“That show is so inappropriate now,” Kaling said during an interview with Good Morning America in December.
“The writers who I’m still in touch with now, we always talk about how so much of that show we probably couldn’t make now,” she said.
“Tastes have changed, and honestly what offends people has changed so much now. I think that actually is one of the reasons the show is popular, because people feel like there’s something kind of fearless about it or taboo that it talks about on the show.”
The newest version of “The Office” will be available to stream on Prime Video worldwide sometime in 2024.