Pop, pop the champagne: Maybe it’s not the darkest timeline, as “six seasons and a movie” is finally becoming a reality. Peacock has ordered a film based on the Dan Harmon comedy, bringing back the original cast of Joel McHale, Danny Pudi, Alison Brie, Gillian Jacobs, Jim Rash and Ken Jeong to check out what the Greendale gang is up to since the show ended in 2015.
Without sharing details, Peacock and Sony Pictures TV, which jointly announced the greenlight on Friday, described Peacock’s negotiations to secure the film as “tremendously competitive.” As part of the deal, Peacock also acquired exclusive rights to the entire six-season “Community” library, which can also be found on Netflix and Hulu.
“Community” creator Harmon is behind the film along with Andrew Guest as executive producer and writer. McHale also serves as EP, as do Russ Krasnoff and Gary Foster. Sony Pictures TV and Universal Television Group’s Universal Television shingle are the studios for the show. (“Community” ran for five of the show’s six seasons on NBC, and Universal TV served as one of the show’s production companies, along with studio lead Sony.)
“‘Six Seasons and a Movie’ began as a standout from the opening season of ‘Community,’ and quickly ignited a passionate fan movement for this iconic, hilarious and cool (cool, cool) NBC comedy,” Susan Rovner, Chairman, Entertainment Content . , NBC Universal television and streaming. “After 15 years, we are incredibly grateful to be able to deliver this promised film to fans and can’t wait to work with Dan Harmon, Andrew Guest, Joel McHale, Sony and our partners at UTV to continue this epic comedy. For a peacock audience.”
Further details – including the director and estimated premiere date – have not yet been shared. Also unanswered is whether or not other key “Community” cast members, including Yvette Nicole Brown and Donald Glover, may still make appearances — or at least a cameo. (It’s probably safe to say that Chevy Chase, who exited the show and whose character eventually died, won’t be returning.)
“Community” experienced quite the roller coaster ride during its original 2009-2015 run. The show launched on NBC in the fall of 2009, where it has remained on the bubble forever. Pitched as a comedy about strangers paired up in a community-college study group, the show soon became an experiment in reinventing the sitcom form, gaining critical acclaim and a loyal fan base for its meta jokes, inclusion of TV tropes and its unique characters.
Abed Nadir (Puddy), Britta Perry (Jacobs), Annie Addison (Bree), Shirley Bennett (Brown), Troy Barnes (Jacobs), washed-up lawyer Jeff Winger (as played by McHale), were the group’s defacto leaders. Glover), Pierce Hawthorne (Chase), as well as teacher-student Ben Chang (Jeong) and Greendale Dean Craig Pelton (Rash). Other actors who played significant roles in the show include John Oliver, Jonathan Banks, Paget Brewster and Keith David.
After season 3, NBC and Sony, concerned that “Community” was not attracting enough of a mainstream audience, fired Harmon and brought in new executive producers. But after Season 4 (known as the “Gas Leak Season”) alienated fans, Harmon—due to heavy lobbying from McHale and the rest of the cast—was reinstated.
Still, after years of dancing around cancellation, NBC finally pulled the plug on “Community” at the end of its fifth season. But that was not the end of the line. Sony picked up Season 6 from its then-sister ad-supported streamer Crackle, as well as Hulu, which owned the show’s streaming rights. But none of those outlets could work financially. Then Yahoo! Screen, which promised 13 episodes at the show’s previous $2 million per episode price tag.
This was good for the “community” — but Yahoo! Not so good for, who recognized that his investment far outweighed any revenue coming from the show. By the end of season 6 (and 110 episodes in total), “Community” had wrapped up for good — as Yahoo! curtain
But that deal made the prediction of “six seasons and a movie” come true in the first half of the show. That line was first uttered by Abed (Pudi). The SEpisode 2 “Evidence of Human Memory.”
“‘Community’ was years ahead of its time when it premiered on NBC in 2009, and we’re thrilled to revisit the brilliant ideas of Dan Harmon, Andrew Guest and this impeccable cast,” said Jason Clodfelter, co-president, Sony. Pictures Television Studios “We are grateful to Peacock, our partners at UTV and all the passionate fans who appreciate this iconic show.”
Universal TV President Erin Underhill added: “This franchise is the definition of community. We look forward to reuniting the band and continuing the journey of these beloved characters.”
“Community” won a Primetime Emmy for Outstanding Individual Achievement in Animation during its run and also developed a formidable fan base that even includes its own unofficial fan-led convention. Of course, since the show ended, “Community” cast members have moved on to other critically acclaimed projects.
Talk of the film has been swirling for years — even before “Community” wrapped. In 2014, ahead of the show’s sixth season, Yahoo! Screen, then-Sony Pictures president of television programming Zach Van Amburg said that a ‘community’ film, possibly directed by Justin Lin or Anthony Russo and Joe Russo (who directed all episodes of the series). “I’ve had that conversation personally,” he said at the time.
In 2020, the cast (everyone, including Glover except Chase) gathered for a table read and Q&A in support of Frontline Foods and Jose Andres’ World Central Kitchen, tip-toed around the question of the film, but hinted that they were all games if one The script was written. (Even Glover thought he might be up for it.)
“When I watch the episodes now, I get these waves of, first of all, my writers were amazing and maybe the work wasn’t as rewarding as I thought it would be,” Harmon said. Time “But second… the whole cast is like a machine on a basketball court that automatically slams everything you put on the court. We’ve all had enough success individually that we all know it’s not going to get any better.”
But speculation about the film actually happening remains just that – speculation. Until last month. It was then that Harmon told Newsweek that the film had an outline. “There’s an outline to it,” Harmon told Newsweek. “In the world a product is put together and taken out. I think that’s how true it is.”
Harmon was hesitant to continue teasing fans, though, adding: “Maybe it’s enough that it’s going to drive people crazy when [there’s nothing] A year from now. However, this does not mean that the film will be released tomorrow. It’s definitely going to mean one.”
And now it’s official, humans.