Could Jim be returning for The Office revival at NBC? The network hasn't called John Krasinski yet, but he's ready to take the call and is totally willing for another go with the Dunder Mifflin gang. We reported in December that the network is in the early stages of putting together a revival season of The Office, which is expected to include some original cast members and some new ones. It's unclear at this time if they want Krasinski back as Jim, but in a new interview, the actor-turned-director reveals that he's more than happy to participate in The Office revival.
John Krasinski appeared on The Ellen DeGeneres Show in order to promote his new directorial effort, A Quiet Place, which he also stars in alongside his real-life wife, Emily Blunt. During the interview, DeGeneres asked about the upcoming revival of The Office and, even though he reveals that the network has not yet contacted him, he's enthusiastic about the possibility of reuniting with his sitcom wife, Jenna Fischer, who played Pam on the original run of the series. Here's what Krasinski had to say about it.
"I did hear [about 'The Office' revival], on the Internet. Guess who didn't get a call? Me! What does that say? NBC is like, 'You know who we didn't like? Jim.' That better not be true! Go to commercial...Are you kidding? I'd love to get that gang back together."
Details are scarce on The Office revival, but we do know that NBC is looking to cast a new boss of Dunder Mifflin, so it's not likely that we'll see Steve Carell back, at least not in any significant capacity. Also, given how The Office ended, it seems tough to imagine how Jim and/or Pam could factor back in. They quit Dunder Mifflin and were getting ready to move so that Jim could pursue his career as a sports manager. But maybe they could come back in a smaller capacity? It's tough to say, but if NBC can find a way to make it work, John Krasinski is clearly into the idea.
The other thing to note is that John Krasinski is quite busy these days. He's starring in Amazon's upcoming Jack Ryan TV series as the titular character. His obligations for A Quiet Place will be over by the time the April release date rolls around. But if this goes well, he's likely to get other offers to direct. So he may not have a ton of time to devote to a new season of The Office, since it's said that NBC is hoping to include the revival in their 2018-2019 lineup. Though, that's yet to be officially confirmed by the network.
Fans of The Office surely like the idea of seeing more episodes of the sitcom, but the question also needs to be asked; is this even a good idea? NBC managed to wrap up The Office quite nicely in 2013. It would be a shame to bring it back and soil the nice ending. But having Jim and some of the original characters back in a way that doesn't feel forced could be helpful. Your move, NBC. You can check out the full interview clip, courtesy of TheEllenShow YouTube channel, for yourself below.