#SixSeasonsAndAMovie was the battlecry for Community fans everywhere, the mantra they lived by throughout season upon season of uncertainly. During their time on NBC and, later, Yahoo! Screen, the meta-sitcom survived low ratings, public indifference, creator Dan Harmon being fired and rehired, and temporary cancellation to boot. And while the six seasons have, indeed, been fulfilled, the state of its long-promised movie still remains up in the air. With shows like Absolutely Fabulous, The Office U.K. and Looking, to name a few, getting their own feature film spin-offs of late, Community still remains disappointingly movie-less, at least for now. But that might just change. Well, maybe.
Harmon recently made a guest appearance on Larry King Now, and Community‘s fate came up in their discussion. In that time, the showrunner did promise that “it’ll happen” and “it’ll make a great movie.” But that wasn’t without some trepidation along the way.
Harmon’s exact words can be found in the video below, but here’s a transcript.
If I pull out a typewriter right now and write a Community movie, just from my own heart and mind, then I have to go through the heartbreak and agony of finding out which of the people are going to show up to make it. You know? And whereas, on the other hand, if I wait for everyone to line-up and say, “We’re all out of work and ready to do a Community movie.” Well, I guess that’s a bad idea too.
Indeed, much like Arrested Development, the cast all have their fair share of commitments at the moment, which makes scheduling tricky. Gillian Jacobs is currently on Netflix’s Love, for instance, while Ken Jeong leads ABC’s Dr. Ken, Alison Brie lends her voice to Netflix’s BoJack Horseman and Yvette Nicole Brown stars on CBS’ The Odd Couple. Meanwhile, Joel McHale frontlines CBS’ upcoming The Great Indoors, Danny Pudi soon stars in NBC’s Powerless and Donald Glover has FX’s Atlanta on the near horizon. Finding a time for them all to get back together isn’t necessarily easy, but the ever-pessimistic Harmon isn’t completely giving up hope.
So that’s good.
As Collider notes, however, these comments are less optimistic than Harmon’s last few statements on the potential film, which suggested Yahoo! Screen was dying for a movie to happen and Harmon simply biding his time until the moment was right. With the platform’s demise, however, they’ll need a new home and some other investors to step up and pony up the costs. As McHale told Variety a few months back, a Community movie needs to be more than simply a two-hour episode to justify its existence. It’ll need to be “pretty epic” in order to get it right, and only a few people have that kind of cash at their disposal. *cough* Netflix *cough*
Here’s hoping someone will step up and make the movie a reality and the hashtag prophecy a reality. That would be, you know, pretty cool. Cool, cool, cool.
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‘Community’ creator Dan Harmon discusses with Larry King the possibility of a movie adaptation of the cult favorite TV series: “It will happen.”
The complete interview: Dan Harmon talks ‘Community’ movie, Hollywood & elections on Larry King Now