There are just over a dozen episodes of The Office left in the ninth and final season, and then Dunder-Mifflin will be closed forever.
And so, it’s time to bring in some big directing guns for what will be the final episodes of the series. J.J. Abrams, Joss Whedon, Harold Ramis, Jason Reitman and other film directors have spent time behind the camera of The Office, and now another famous film director will join their ranks.
TV Line has word that Iron Man and Cowboys & Aliens director Jon Favreau has been lined up to direct an episode of The Office later this season. This will mark the first time Favreau has directed half-hour comedy on TV since Fox’s Undeclared over 10 years ago.
However, back in the fall of 2012, the NBC series Revolution kicked off with a pilot directed by Favreau, so he hasn’t been totally absent from the medium. With his adaptation of the musical Jersey Boys stalled in development, Favreau likely has some extra time to get behind the camera for this soon-t0-be-expiring opportunity.
It’s not clear which episode Favreau will direct, as details are still being ironed out (no pun intended), but he’s definitely on board. However, it doesn’t sound like he’ll be making a cameo in front of the camera, unlike most of his other directing endeavors on the big screen.
There’s been rumblings that Favreau is also in the running for Star Wars: Episode VII, but no solid information on that front has surfaced. For now, having Favreau work on this surprisingly good farewell season of the long-running workplace comedy will have to suffice – especially since the Dwight Schrute spin-off The Farm has been shut down, with a defunct pilot set to air this spring before the series finale of The Office.
The Office returns with new episodes on January 10th at 9/8c on NBC.
Source: TV Line