Whilst promoting and discussing the upcoming sixth season of his hit show Rick & Morty, Dan Harmon gave a fresh update on the long-expected Community movie. One which whilst exciting for us Community fans does also put the brakes on the expectation of any immediate developments for the film.
More concrete than any admission from the creator before this, it seems we’ll be seeing a Community film at some point, we just don’t know when.
Premiering back in 2009, Community tells the tale of a group of students at their local community college. Starring Joel Mchale, Alison Brie, Yvette Nicole Brown, Gillian Jacobs, Danny Pudi, Donald Glover, and Chevy Chase, it follows the students as they come to terms with how they arrived at Greendale College. In a college not particularly well looked upon by the surrounding community, the students end up in all sorts of odd situations, from campus-wide paintball battles to blackmailing tutors and in later seasons, more bizarre and unrealistic events, the show is much loved by its fans.
With the final episode airing seven years ago back in 2015, of which the final season was up-in-the-air with cancellations and ratings drops, the idea of a movie was thought of as nothing more than a fan campaign created off the back of a throwaway line in the show. That may no longer be the case, however, after a recent update from Dan Harmon seems to throw gas on the fire.
“I will now say it’s a matter of ‘when.’ I have been so careful about [saying] that,”
Whilst talking to Newsweek, he confirmed that he’s long been working on the movie in one regard or another, and whilst it’s slow going and difficult to get any traction, he’s confident fans will get to see it, just has no idea when.
“How about this for a concrete thing?” Harmon teased, “There is an outline for it. There’s a product put together and pitched out in the world. I guess that’s how real it is. That’s probably enough that’ll make people mad when [there’s nothing] a year from now. It still doesn’t mean there’s going to be a movie tomorrow. It means there is definitely going to be one.”
So whilst far more certain than any comment he’s ever given before, it’s still vague enough about the developments that Harmon has left himself some wiggle room if things change in the future. The cast of the show has each gone on to bigger and better things, with Alison Brie starring in the recent Netflix series Glow, Joel McHale featuring in multiple films, and Donald Glover taking a step back from acting and focusing on his music, directing and writing more specifically.
Whilst Harmon says there are plans for the movie, there are a lot of steps between that and seeing it. Who’s to say the principal cast would return? Glover left before the show was canceled and Chase was pushed out due to being difficult to work with.
Maybe in a few years, we’ll see it, or we’ll be talking about Harmon’s next comment about the film, who knows?