Pop, pop the champagne: maybe it’s not the darkest timeline after all, because ‘six seasons and a movie’ is finally coming true. Peacock has ordered a film based on the Dan Harmon comedy “,”, bringing back original stars Joel McHale, Danny Pudi, Alison Brie, Gillian Jacobs, Jim Rash and Ken Jeong to see what the Greendale gang has been up to since the performance 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 “heavily 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 writer, along with Andrew Guest. McHale also serves as an EP, as do Russ Krasnoff and Gary Foster. Sony Pictures TV and Universal Studio Group’s Universal Television shingle are the studios on the show. (“Community” ran five of the show’s six seasons on NBC, and Universal TV served as one of the show’s production companies, with studio head Sony.)
“’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,” said Susan Rovner, chairman, entertainment content, NBC Universal Television and Streaming. “We are incredibly grateful to be able to deliver this film promised to fans 15 years later and can’t wait to team up with Dan Harmon, Andrew Guest, Joel McHale, Sony and our partners at UTV to continue this epic comedy. for peacock audiences.”
Further details, including a director and an estimated premiere date, have not yet been shared. Also unanswered is whether other key “Community” cast members, including Yvette Nicole Brown and Donald Glover, are still making an appearance — or at least a cameo. (It’s probably safe to say that Chevy Chase, who feuded with the show and whose character eventually died, won’t be back.)
“Community” had quite the rollercoaster ride on its original 2009-2015 run. The show launched in the fall of 2009 on NBC, where it seemed to live forever on the bubble. Pitched as a comedy about strangers banding in a community college study group, the show quickly became an experiment in deconstructing its sitcom form, gaining critical acclaim and a loyal fan base for its meta-jokes, it takes. up against TV tropes and its unique characters.
The washed up lawyer 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 played substantial roles on the show include John Oliver, Jonathan Banks, Paget Brewster and Keith David.
After Season 3, NBC and Sony, fearing that “Community” hadn’t attracted enough mainstream audiences, fired Harmon and brought in new executive producers. But after season 4 (dubbed the “gas leak season”) alienated fans, Harmon – thanks to heavy lobbying by 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 pitched a season 6 to its then-sister ad-supported streamer Crackle, as well as Hulu, who owned the streaming rights to the show. But none of those outlets could make it work financially. Then came Yahoo! Screen, which promised 13 episodes at the show’s previous $2 million per episode price tag.
It was good for the “Community” – but not so much for Yahoo!, which realized that its investment far outstripped the show’s revenue. By the end of Season 6 (and after a total of 110 episodes), “Community” was wrapped up for good — just like Yahoo! Screen.
But that deal ultimately delivered the first half of the show’s ironic “six seasons and a movie” prophecy. That line was first uttered by Abed (Pudi) in the season 2 episode “Paradigms of Human Memory.”
“‘Community’ was light years ahead of its time when it premiered on NBC in 2009 and we’re excited to revisit the brilliant minds of Dan Harmon, Andrew Guest and this impeccable cast,” said Sony Co-President Jason Clodfelter. Pictures Television Studios . “We are grateful to Peacock, our partners at UTV, and all the diligent fans who have nurtured this iconic show.”
Erin Underhill, president of Universal TV, added: “This franchise is the definition of community. We are excited to bring the band back together and continue the journey of these beloved characters.”
“Community” won a Primetime Emmy for Outstanding Individual Achievement in Animation during its run and also spawned a huge fan base that even includes its own unofficial fan-led convention. Of course, since the show ended, the “Community” cast members have all moved on to other critically acclaimed projects.
A movie has been talked about for years – even before “Community” was wrapped up. In 2014, before the show’s sixth season even aired on Yahoo! Screen, then-Sony Pictures Television program director Zack Van Amburg said a “Community” movie, perhaps directed by Justin Lin or Anthony Russo and Joe Russo (all of whom have helmed episodes of the series), was likely. . “I’ve had those conversations personally,” he said at the time.
In 2020, the cast (including everyone, including Glover, except Chase) gathered for a table reading and Q&A in support of Frontline Foods and José Andrés’ World Central Kitchen, tiptoeing around the movie question, but hinting that they were all game as wrote a script. (Even Glover made it look like he was ready.)
“Watching the episodes now, I get these waves of, first of all, my writers were amazing and probably weren’t rewarded as much for it as I might have thought the work was,” Harmon said at the time. “But second, the whole cast is like a machine on a basketball court that automatically submerges anything you put on the court. We’ve all had enough success individually that we all know it doesn’t get any better.”
But speculation about the film actually taking place remained just that — speculation. Until last month. Then Harmon told Newsweek that there was an outline for the film. “There’s an outline for it,” Harmon told Newsweek. “A product has been put together and thrown into the world. I think it’s so real.”
However, Harmon was hesitant to continue inciting fans, adding: “That’s probably enough to piss people off when [there’s nothing] one year from now. It doesn’t mean there will be a movie tomorrow. It means there will definitely be one.”
And now it’s official, Folks.