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I was fortunate enough to sit down with writer/director Mike Judge this morning in a hotel room packed full of cameras. Unfortunately, we weren’t at a porn shoot. Double unfortunately, you’ll be subjected to me on video in the near future. Start the doomsday clock now.

We had a really interesting conversation about his new film Extract, about the joys of torturing an animated character and somehow the conversation wound up on the subject of what Office Space 2 would look like.

I don’t have the verbatim quote handy because it’s locked away inside a beta tape waiting to be transferred, but Judge’s comment went something along the lines of:

I think Office Space 2 would be a bad idea,” not-word-for-word Mike Judge.

I totally agree with the sentiment. A decade out, it’s hard to imagine that there would be much more ground to cover in that universe. Luckily, Judge went on to site two other strong reasons against making the film – even though he’s been approached and offered to do it several times since it became a cult hit on DVD.

For one, the director points out that Extract – inasmuch as it’s a story told from the perspective of the boss where the workers are pains in the ass – is a sort of sequel to Office Space or at least a Bizarro World version of it that follows a different company. For two, with the success of television shows like “The Office” and “The Office,” it seems like a lot of workplace ennui has already been mined for The Funny.

What do you think?


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