“This is a matter of when and not if,” says Community creator Dan Harmon, breathing new hope into the long, long, looong gestating movie to his beloved sitcom. All Community fans know that the goal has always been six seasons and a movie. The franchise has delivered on the seasons quota. And now, it sounds like the movie might really be underway. Harmon says the story is done and, more importantly, cast negotiations have begun.
“Legitimacy is here, conversations and agreements are happening,” Harmon told The Wrap. “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.”
That echoes earlier comments from Community alum Alison Brie, who told The Wrap that after years of rumors, gossip and wishful thinking, “legitimate conversations” were taking place. In other ways, it’s not exactly greenlit per se. But it sounds like details are actually being discussed. That’s closer than we’ve ever gotten.
It’s good news for Human Beings everywhere and very on brand, as Community‘s whole entire thing during its shoestring six seasons was as a well-loved but little-watched sitcom forever on the verge of cancelation. It’s ironic, given how many stars it launched into the atmosphere. Brie, Donald Glover, Gillian Jacobs, Joel McHale and Ken Jeong all got a huge career bump out of their time on Community, and the show caught some pre-household name time with the likes of John Oliver, Brie Larson, Kumail Nanjiani and future Avengers helmers the Russo brothers.
During Community‘s peak, Parks and Rec was the most beloved sitcom on TV while 30 Rock had the most gags per second. But Community was the slyest, weaving its own meta commentary into an endless feedback loop of jokes about sitcom tropes that became tropes themselves before becoming jokes again. It made for some delicious fun from 2009 to 2015 when the show aired. Will it still work in …whenever this movie comes out? For more on that, we’ll have to check in with the only real experts we’ve got on the subject: Troy and Abed in the moooorning.