Threat Level Midnight, the fictional screenplay written by The Office‘s Michael Scott (Steve Carell), is set to become a real-world graphic novel from the Dunder Mifflin Paper website. The site, which appears to be an unofficial fan site that offers a few parody comics set in the world of The Office, is currently hosting a sale on the pre-order, offering a book that they plan to retail at $40 for just $20 right now. Other comics on the site include writer Nikki Saldana and artist Nosrettep Art’s Return of The Office, which features a cover that’s a parody of The Walking Dead #1 with Dwight Schrute (Rainn Wilson) in the Rick Grimes role.
Threat Level Midnight is the profoundly incompetent spy movie written by Michael Scott, with an eye toward having him appear as the lead character, a thinly-veiled self-insert character named Michael Scarn. Originally discovered in the season two episode “The Client,” Threat Level Midnight eventually became a real short film in the form of a season seven episode of The Office.
There isn’t much in the way of details about Threat Level Midnight, although it’s likely to be done by Saldana and Nosrettep. In 2019, the official YouTube page for The Office released a version of Threat Level Midnight that isn’t intercut with the plot elements from The Office that interrupted the film’s flow in the original TV episode.
We recently had The Office U.S. creator Greg Daniels on the line and had to ask him about his thoughts of bringing the series back. According to the screenwriter, he has yet to begin conversations with Peacock, so he’s unsure of the streamer’s current plans now that Hammer is no longer overseeing the service.
“I haven’t spoken to anybody at Peacock, no,” Daniels tells us. “I mean, I think that the talk really came up when they did Will and Grace. They rebooted that show. But I don’t think that we would either be able to get all the cast together, because a lot of them are doing different things, or whether we’d really need to do that, because I feel like we had our finale.”
As Daniels tells us, the show ended exactly how the writer’s room wanted it to and that’s a major hurdle everyone would have to overcome if — and that’s a big if — they decided to do a revival again.
“We knew we were going to end the show for that last season, and then we wrote towards particular endings,” he adds, making sure to point out nostalgia can almost be too big of a factor in decision-making. “I mean, I don’t know. Sometimes, it seems like people want something, but I don’t know if they really do want it, or just means that they really liked the original. It’s hard to say.”
Reboot or not, Peacock will be home to every season of The Office for the foreseeable future. You can check it out there.