Pop the Champagne: Maybe that’s not the darkest timeline after all, as “six seasons and a movie” is finally coming true. Peacock has ordered a film based on Dan Harmon’s comedy “”, bringing back original stars Joel McHale, Danny Pudi, Alison Brie, Gillian Jacobs, Jim Rash and Ken Jeong to check out what the Greendale gang has been up to since the show ended in 2015.
Without sharing details, Peacock and Sony Pictures TV, who jointly announced the green light on Friday, described the negotiations for Peacock to secure the film as “highly competitive”. As part of the deal, Peacock has also acquired non-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 as executive producer and screenwriter, along with Andrew Guest. McHale is also EP, as are Russ Krasnoff and Gary Foster. Sony Pictures TV and Universal Studio Group’s Universal Television shingle are the studios of the show. (“Community” aired on NBC for five of the show’s six seasons, and Universal TV was one of the show’s production companies, with Sony leading the studio.)
“‘Six Seasons and a Movie’ started as a cheeky joke from the community’s’ first seasons and quickly sparked a passionate fan movement for this iconic, hilarious and cool (cool, cool) NBC comedy,” said Susan Rovner , president of entertainment content, NBCUniversal Television and Streaming. “We are incredibly grateful that 15 years later, we are able to deliver this promised film to fans and look forward to working with Dan Harmon, Andrew Guest, Joel McHale, Sony and our UTV partners to continue this epic comedy for the Peacock audience.
Further details, including a director and an estimated premiere date, have not yet been shared. Also unanswered is whether other key members of the “Community” cast, including Yvette Nicole Brown and Donald Glover, could still make an appearance – or at least a cameo. (It’s probably safe to say that Chevy Chase, who had a falling out with the show and whose character eventually died, won’t be returning.)
“Community” experienced a great roller coaster ride during its original 2009-2015 ride. The show was launched in the fall of 2009 on NBC, where it seemed to live perpetually on the bubble. Billed as a comedy about strangers bonding in a college community study group, the show soon became an experiment to deconstruct the sitcom’s form, earning critical acclaim and a loyal fan base for its meta jokes. the television tropes and its unique characters.
Attorney Jeff Winger (played by McHale), was the de facto leader of the group, along with Abed Nadir (Pudi), Britta Perry (Jacobs), Annie Edison (Brie), Shirley Bennett (Brown), Troy Barnes (Glover) , Pierce Hawthorne (Chase), plus teacher-turned-student Ben Chang (Jeong) and Greendale Dean Craig Pelton (Rash). Other actors who have played notable roles on the show include John Oliver, Jonathan Banks, Paget Brewster, and Keith David.
After season three, NBC and Sony, worried that “Community” hadn’t attracted enough mainstream audiences, fired Harmon and brought in new executive producers. But after season 4 (dubbed “gas leak season”) alienated fans, Harmon – thanks to heavy pressure from McHale and the rest of the cast – was reinstated.
However, after years of dancing around cancellation, NBC finally pulled the plug on “Community” at the end of its fifth season. But that wasn’t the end of the line. Sony unveiled a sixth season to its ad-supported streamer, then-sister Crackle, as well as Hulu, which owned the streaming rights to the show. But none of these outlets could make it work financially. Then came Yahoo! Screen, which promised 13 episodes at the previous price of $ 2 million per episode of the show.
It was good for “Community,” but not so much for Yahoo !, which realized its investment far exceeded the revenue from the show. By the end of season six (and after a total of 110 episodes), “Community” was gone forever, as was Yahoo! Screen.
But that deal ultimately made the first half of the show’s ironic “six seasons and one movie” prophecy a reality. That sentence was first uttered by Abed (Pudi). the S.Episode of the second season “The paradigms of human memory”.
“‘Community’ was light years ahead of its time when it premiered on NBC in 2009 and we’re thrilled to once again visit the brilliant minds of Dan Harmon, Andrew Guest and this flawless cast,” said Jason Clodfelter, co – president of Sony Photo Television Studios. “We are grateful to Peacock, our UTV partners and all the dedicated fans who loved this iconic show.”
Universal TV President Erin Underhill added, “This franchise is the very definition of community. We are thrilled to reunite the band and continue the journey of these beloved characters. ”
“Community” won a Primetime Emmy for outstanding individual achievements in animation during its run and has also generated a huge fan base that even includes its own unofficial fan-driven convention. Of course, since the show ended its run, the “Community” cast members have all moved on to other critically acclaimed projects.
The talk of a movie has been whirling for years, even before “Community” ended. In 2014, even before the show’s sixth season aired on Yahoo! Screen, then president of Sony Pictures Television programming, Zack Van Amburg, said it was likely a “Community” movie, possibly directed by Justin Lin or Anthony Russo and Joe Russo (all of whom have directed episodes of the series). “I personally had those conversations,” he said at the time.
In 2020, the cast (with everyone, including Glover, except Chase) gathered for a table read and Q&A to support José Andrés’ Frontline Foods and World Central Kitchen, tiptoeing on the film’s question but has hinted that they were all okay if a script was written. (Glover also made it seem like he’d be up to it.)
“When I watch the episodes now, I have these waves that have assaulted me as, first of all, my writers were great and they probably weren’t rewarded for it as much as maybe I thought the job was,” Harmon said at the time. “But second… the whole cast is just like a machine on a basketball court that automatically crushes everything you put on the court. We have all been successful enough individually that we all know it doesn’t get any better.
But the speculation that the movie was actually happening remained just that: speculation. Until last month. It was then that Harmon told Newsweek that there was an outline for the film. “There is a pattern for that,” Harmon told Newsweek. “There is a product put together and launched in the world. I guess it’s so real. “
Harmon was reluctant to continue pissing fans, however, adding, “That’s probably enough to drive people crazy when [there’s nothing] in a year. It still doesn’t mean there will be a movie tomorrow. It means there will definitely be one. “
And now it’s official, Human Beings.