Community got 6 seasons and, as the prophecy foretold, is finally getting the long-awaited movie.
Peacock has ordered a movie based on the long-running comedy by Dan Harmon. Perhaps even more exciting, is that almost all the original cast members will return, including Joel McHale, Danny Pudi, Alison Brie, Gillian Jacobs, Jim Rash, and Ken Jeong. Notably, original starts Yvette Nicole Brown and Donald Glover have not been confirmed – and Chevy Chase is extremely unlikely to return after a very public falling out over the show.
Along with the movie, Peacock has also secured non-competitive rights to air Community Season Six.
“‘Six seasons and a movie’ started out as a cheeky line from Community’s early seasons and quickly ignited a passionate fan movement for this iconic, hilarious and cool (cool, cool) NBC comedy,” said chairman of entertainment content at NBCUniversal Television and Streaming, Susan Rovner. “We’re incredibly grateful that 15 years later, we are able to deliver fans this promised movie and can’t wait to get to work with Dan Harmon, Andrew Guest, Joel McHale, Sony, and our partners at UTV to continue this epic comedy for Peacock audiences.”
Earlier today, a Tweet from Community star Joel McHale hinted that the movie, which has been teased ever since the show wrapped in 2015, might be on its way.
The Tweet is a reference to the phrase “Six seasons and a movie” which has popped up time and time again on the show, and subsequently its devoted fanbase.
— Joel McHale (@joelmchale) September 30, 2022
It was first uttered by Abed (Danny Pudi) during the Season 2 episode, Paradigms of Human Memory – a spin of the “flashback that never happened” episode trope that clearly resonated with fans. Taking a shot at the canceled TV show, The Cape, this episode sees Abed dressed as the Cape from the show during one of the flashbacks that never happened.
Jeff is visibly angered and shouts “The show’s gonna last three weeks!” In response, Abed says “Six seasons and a movie,” while running off, creating the meme that became a rallying cry for fans of Community across the globe – especially as the show seemingly faced cancellation throughout its own six seasons.
Now, with the show’s six seasons behind us, it looks as though Community is finally getting its own movie, and it’s been on the cards for some time. Creator Dan Harmon has been saying that the film “will happen” since 2016, with regular updates suggesting the film is on its way over the years.
Most recently, Harmon revealed that he pitched a Community movie back in August… and it looks as though Peacock took him up on the idea.
Community creator Dan Harmon is writing the movie and is also on board as executive producer, but no director has been locked in as yet. McHale, Andrew Guest, Russ Krasnoff, and Gary Foster are also on board as executive producers.
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