One of the things that really made The Office Convention worth attending was the participation of the cast and writers. They spent a lot of time interacting with the fans, signing autographs and posing for photos. While it’s always a thrill to meet famous people, I really enjoyed having the opportunity to talk with Greg Daniels (the Co-Creator and writer for the series).
After a press conference, which Daniels and some of the cast talked about the show, Daniels was kind enough to stick around to answer a few of our questions. One of the things we wanted to know was whether or not he’s started thinking about how the series is going to end and whether or not he’s considered doing a movie. His response to that was, “Haven’t thought about any movie but definitely it’s a lot about the fact that it’s a documentary [and how it] fits into later seasons.”
When we asked if it would be like the aftermath episode that they did in the British Office, he said, “Yeah, exactly, I think that’s a really interesting thing. Our timeframe is different because they knew when they were going to end and so far I don’t see the end yet. I think it would be a little premature to wind up all the stories and everything. Like Friends when they kind of thought they were done and then they were like “No one more year.” - that happens a lot. We do have the end in mind. Just not when it’s going to happen.
So if you’ve been wondering how the documentary-aspect is going to factor into the plot of the show in the long rung, while Daniels was pretty tight-lipped about exactly what he has in mind, its clear this is something he’s definitely thinking about.
He discussed this subject a bit more when someone asked about it at the Writers Block event. Here’s a video with his response as well as some chat about the casts’ contributions through improvisation when shooting episodes:
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