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The ‘Community’ Movie Is Really, Truly Happening

The ‘Community’ Movie Is Really, Truly Happening

Joel McHale made every Community fans’ dream come true last night at the 75th Emmy Awards.

During the pre-show ceremony, a reporter from Entertainment Tonight asked McHale about the possibility of the Community movie moving forward. McHale responded with exciting news.

“Oh it’s happening, we got the money,” McHale laughed. “We got the money, and that was 90 percent of it.”

Thankfully, fans didn’t have to wait too long to see McHale reunite with two other Greendale alumni, Ken Jeong and Donald Glover.

And according to Community creator Dan Harmon, hopefully we won’t have to wait too much longer for the rest of the cast to reunite.

“This is a matter of when and not if,” said 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.”

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. Alison Brie, Donald Glover, Gillian Jacobs, and of course McHale and 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.

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