Martin Freeman admitted he was against the American version of The Office
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Martin Freeman admitted he was against the American remake of The Office after starring in the UK version of the show.
The series was - and still is - a fan-favourite among comedy lovers, so when news emerged that the US was going to try and make its own version, not everyone was keen on the idea - and I'm not just talking about fans.
Freeman opened up about his thoughts on the remake during an interview on The Rich Eisen Show, when he discussed his love for the British version of the series and said he was 'resistant' to the remake.
Explaining his reluctance to get on board, Freeman told Eisen: "I think [it was pretty natural], if someone did a version of your show in Britain and called it something close to your name and said there's going to be a 'better British version', you might think: 'who the hell are you?'"
The US version of The Office first made it to TV in 2005, two years after the UK version reached its conclusion.
It was created by showrunner Greg Daniels, who met with Gervais and Merchant after watching 'the entire first series' of their UK show in one evening.
Daniels has previously told The Guardian he was faced with the challenge of making something that 'looks and feels like the British show', but 'from an American point of view'.
To do this, the creators 'added a more classic American sitcom formula', writer Michael Schur said.
The show took off in the US and went on to run for nine seasons, while also managing to win over Freeman.
In his interview, he continued: "When I watched it, I went straight through. It's a great show."
It's now been an entire decade since the US version of The Office came to an end, and twice as long since we said goodbye to the British characters, but there might be more in store for fans as reports have now emerged of a reboot.
The news comes after the Writers Guild of America and Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers reached a deal to end the long-running writers strike in the US, with a Puck newsletter claiming that Daniels is now set to return to a reboot of his beloved show.
There are currently no details available about what actors might be involved in the new series, though further details are expected to come to light once the writers' strike officially ends.