Community creator Dan Harmon has for years expressed his intention to deliver on his promise to give fans a film that closes the story.
The Wrap news agency revealed that Harmon has already outlined a story for the film and that negotiations are underway.
Community news first surfaced when he promoted the sixth season of Rick and Morty, which premieres September 4 on Adult Swim.
During the promotion, he provided an update on the Community movie.
“Conversations and agreements are happening,” said Harmon.
“There’s a story – who knows if we’ll end up sticking to it, but it was something we had to compile in order to take it out and court various venues.”
“And now, negotiations happen.”
Dan Harmon also said the film was not a question of “if” but “when”.
“When you put the percentage chances together, it’s like you have to account for maybe the world blowing up or another virus happening.”
“But as far as the industry is concerned, this is a matter of when and not if, for sure.”
Dan Harmon’s caution
Although fans are understandably excited, Harmon revealed he was hesitant to get fans excited, saying:
“That’s probably enough that’ll make people mad when [there’s nothing] a year from now.”
“It still doesn’t mean there’s going to be a movie tomorrow. It means there is definitely going to be one.”
The Community creator shared how extremely careful he was.
“The fan that Instagrams every day about ‘Community,’ how can you tell them, ‘Yes, it’s definitely going to happen, but it may be between one and eight years from now’ — which is how the industry works, especially when you factor in pandemics and whatnot.”
“It just feels like psychological torture, from a fan’s perspective, to keep looking into the backseat of a station wagon and saying, ‘Who wants McDonald’s?’ And to just keep driving down the freeway.”
“I don’t want to be guilty of causing that sensation. It just takes so long sometimes.”
Six seasons and a movie
While there’s no guarantee the movie will be released anytime soon, the updates are a step in the right direction.
“Six seasons and a movie” has been the fan community’s rallying cry ever since Dani Pudi’s Abed mentioned it in Season 2.
The quote has been a mantra for Abed and fans alike ever since, especially since the NBC show canceled it and the show moved to Yahoo! Screen, where it aired its final season in 2015.
The final episode of the series ended with an intertitle that read “And a movie.”
The headline prompted people to post the popular #SixSeasonsAndAMovie hashtag.
In 2020, Dan Harmon and the cast of Community (Joel McHale, Danny Pudi, Alison Brie, Gillian Jacobs, Jim Rash, Ken Jeong, Yvette Nicole Brown and Donald Glover) hosted a virtual reunion where they had a table read and a Q&A session.
During the session, everyone expressed a desire to make a film.