Over two years ago, NBC finally dropped the ax on Dan Harmon’s low-rated cult hit sitcom Community after five seasons. While a beloved show among those who tuned in, Community’s audience never really expanded beyond its faithful followers, and seemed on the brink of cancellation almost every year it was on the air. Still, that didn’t stop a vocal fan outcry from occurring online, chastising NBC for not at least allowing Community to make it to the fabled “six seasons and a movie” milestone.
Thankfully, upstart service Yahoo Screen came to Community’s rescue, granting viewers another year at Greendale. Unfortunately, Yahoo Screen has since gone belly up, finally seeming to cancel classes at everyone’s favorite four-year community college for good.
On the other hand, one man not convinced of Community’s ultimate demise is Harmon himself, who was asked about the possibility of a follow-up movie still happening during a recent appearance on Ora TV’s Larry King Now talk show. While Harmon was decidedly noncommittal on the details, he ended his answer with a fairly unequivocal “It’ll make a great movie. It’ll happen.”
According to Harmon, the main stumbling block in the way of a Community movie is reuniting the cast, who have all since moved on to other projects:
“If I pull out a typewriter right now and write a Community movie, just for my own heart and mind, then I have to go through the heartbreak and agony of finding out which of the people are gonna show up to make it. On the other hand, if I wait for everybody to line up and say we’re all out of work and ready to do a Community movie, well I guess that’s a bad idea too.”
Considering the fact that Community had lost three of its original core cast members by season six (Chevy Chase, Donald Glover, and Yvette Nicole Brown), it’s not unfounded for Harmon to be worried about which former Greendale students would be willing to return for a movie. After all, it’s been quite a while since the series was in production, and much of the cast may see Community as being firmly in the rear view mirror at this point. Lead actor Joel McHale in particular has found himself with no shortage of work since Community ended, appearing on FOX’s X-Files revival and headlining an upcoming CBS sitcom called The Great Indoors. McHale is known for balancing multiple jobs, but one assumes even he has a limit.
Will Community ever actually get to fulfill the vaunted “six seasons and a movie” social media battle cry? Dan Harmon certainly seems to think so, but it remains to be seen whether his pronouncements are merely a case of wishful thinking.
Source: Ora TV