Friday, December 2, 2022

Six Seasons And…: Joel McHale Confirms ‘Community’ Movie Is Officially Happening

MOVIESSix Seasons And...: Joel McHale Confirms 'Community' Movie Is Officially Happening

Well, Community fans, at long last it’s finally happening: the long-awaited movie is officially a go at Peacock! Earlier this morning, show star Joel McHale (Jeff Winger) tweeted out a photo that said simply “…And a movie,” tagging his fellow Community co-stars. Soon after, Peacock confirmed McHale’s announcement, revealing that the movie will happen over at the streamer. Peacock is also set to acquire all seasons of the show (non-exclusively).

As fans of the show know, “six seasons and a movie” has long been a motto for the series (thanks, Abed!), but the road getting here was a rocky one. The series itself had an uncertain future after NBC canceled it after five seasons. Thankfully, Yahoo! picked up the show for what would be its sixth and final season. Meanwhile, creator Dan Harmon and many of the cast expressed their interest in doing a movie, but it wasn’t until recently that real movement and more solid confirmation started to happen.

Community is set at Greendale Community College where former lawyer Jeff Winger is forced to attend in order to obtain a legitimate degree. With some shady motives at play, Jeff forms a Spanish study group that soon (kind of) turns into a real study group. Throughout the series, the group finds themselves caught up in some of the most ridiculous events. The show has become well-known for its chaotic nature, including its variety of special episodes ranging from intense school-wide paintball games, animated episodes, giant pillow and blanket forts, and more.

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Along with McHale, the series stars Alison Brie, Gillian Jacobs, Danny Pudi, Ken Jeong, Jim Rash, Yvette Nicole Brown (who departed after season 5), Donald Glover (who departed early in season 5), and Chevy Chase (who was fired and written off). Later show stars included Paget Brewster and Keith David.

As of now, McHale, Pudi, Brie, Jacobs, Jeong, and Rash are confirmed to return for the movie. There’s no word yet on whether Brown or Glover will appear in some capacity. Harmon executive produces and writes the movie alongside Andrew Guest. McHale, Russ Krasnoff, and Gary Foster executive produce.

About the movie, Susan Rovner, Chairman, Entertainment Content, NBCUniversal Television and Streaming, said:

‘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.

Community is available to stream now on Netflix, Hulu, and Prime Video. Stay tuned for movie news as it’s announced.

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