To many people, myself included, Mike Judge’s film Office Space makes me so happy I never had to get a “real” job and work in a soul-sucking office environment. Granted, I doubt my office experience would have ended quite the way the fictional one in the movie did, but I’m still glad never to have been the victim of an overbearing boss (who may have had sex with my girlfriend), a couple of so-called “efficiency experts” and corporate downsizing.
Office Space remains to this day one of the greatest tributes to the power of the individual striving against his (or her) corporate oppressors. And now, after some detours into other territory, Judge is back where he belongs and is bringing eager fans a brand new chapter in the struggle with his new film Extract — which also has a brand new website devoted to too.
For his new film, Judge returns to the workplace and turns his focus on a small business owner “who employs an odd cast of losers, loners and misfits in his flavor extract factory.” Judge is particularly excited to be back in the office. Says the director: “When Office Space tanked at the box office, I thought, ‘Okay, I was born to do something that nobody wants to see,’ and then as it became popular, it was more and more gratifying. So I think I’m finally back doing what I think I was born to do.”
Extract, which stars Jason Bateman, Mila Kunis, Kristen Wiig and Ben Affleck, hits theaters on September 4th. Meantime, be sure to check out all the info on the film and its unusual cast of characters at the film’s official site.