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Community to receive its long-awaited movie after Peacock picks up the project

Community is a much-loved series that aired between 2009 and 2015 and has always carried the tagline “Six Seasons and a Movie” since its second season.

Seven years after the end of the series, Community finally got the green light for a feature film.

In mid-2022, news surfaced of a possible upcoming movie, but no one knew when it would come.

On September 30, it was finally revealed that it had been picked up.

The news

The internet exploded when several stars started posting the prophetic phrase “And a movie” online.

It was revealed that Peacock commissioned a film about the underdog study group Greendale, founded by Dan Harmon.

The announcement revealed that the original cast members would be returning.

Joel McHale, Danny Pudi, Alison Brie, Gillian Jacobs, Ken Jeong, and Jim Rash have been confirmed to return as Greendale saviors.

Original cast members Yvette Nicole Brown and Donald Glover have yet to be confirmed to return.

Comedy legend Chevy Chase may not return as Pierce Hawthorne after the fourth season’s fallout, but anything is possible.

Behind the scenes

Aside from the film, Peacock managed to secure non-competing rights to air the sixth season of Community.

Susan Rovener, president of NBCUniversal’s entertainment content and streaming, shared her enthusiasm for the project, saying:

“‘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.”

“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.”

Six seasons and a movie

The Community Movie has gotten more attention since Dan Harmon said it was possible to make it work, and Joel McHale’s tweet from Sept. 30 confirmed that it may be on the way.

McHale tagged his co-stars Peacock, Sony, Community and Gillian Anderson (accidentally because Gillian Jacobs didn’t have an account) and posted a photo with the hopeful words, “And a movie.”

The full line was first said by Abed Nadir (Pudi) in the second season episode, Paradigms of Human Memory.

The episode took a take of the “clip shows” trope in older shows, which usually recycle old clips to save money.

Instead, in Paradigms of Human Memory, they showed new clips of past events.

In one of the clips, Abed disguises himself as Cape (from the titular TV show) and accidentally spills Jeff Winger’s (McHale’s) lunch.

Jeff yells, “The show’s gonna last three weeks!” To which Abed replies: “Six seasons and a movie!”

The phrase became a rallying cry for community fans around the world, especially when the show was temporarily canceled after its fifth season.

Yahoo managed to pick it up and fulfill half of the prophecy.

Progress of the film’s development over the years

Community creator Dan Harmon said a movie would be made as early as 2016.

Over the years, he’s regularly updated his fans and hinted that a movie is in the works.

In August of this year, Harmon announced that he had pitched a Community film, and Peacock seemed interested.

Although he founded Community, Dan Harmon is only on board to write the film and serve as its executive producer.

He is joined in the role of executive producer by Joel McHale, Andrew Guest, Russ Krassnoff, and Gary Foster.

The film hasn’t found a director yet.


Community is finally getting its long-promised movie

Community fans receive the news they waited years for: a Community movie

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.

The update

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.


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