Can you see the German version of Jim and Pam Halpert or Dwight Schrute and Andy Bernard on the big screen? U.S. audiences haven't taken very kindly to The Office for the past few seasons, with ratings declining quickly, yet it remains one of NBC's top programs. Is that enough to inspire some big-screen interest?
Germany's version, known as Stromberg, is currently in its fifth season. The show has closer ties to the U.K. version of The Office, but the traits are all familiar, as most fans know. Juvenile, trivial, surreal events taken place at a fictional company — in this case an insurance agency known as Capitol Versicherung AG — and hijinks ensue.
reports that a feature film version of Stromberg
is being developed. Producers found support through crowd-funding efforts and state film subsidies (the German Federal Film Board matches your money, which is pretty damn nifty). The idea had been developing for years, since Stromberg has become one of the most popular comedies in the country. It hit the small screen in 2004, and next spring, filmmakers will start production on the full-length feature.
Despite its technical popularity, the U.S. version of The Office had a hard enough time getting a spin-off going. We're talking about The Farm, of course, starring Dunder Mifflin eccentric Dwight Schrute (Rainn Wilson). Would it be impossible for NBC's long-running sitcom to follow suit?