A Community movie may truly be in the works according to Alison Brie, who starred as the show’s fan-favorite overachiever Annie Edison.
While appearing as a guest on The Wrap’s “UnWrapped” podcast, Brie spilled the beans on a potential reunion of Community‘s original cast on the big screen. “You know what, I’ll say it. There’s been movement,” the actor said. “There’s been some talks. People are talking and certain things — wheels are turning. I said it!” After initial excitement, Brie elaborated on the state of the proceedings. “I’m saying there are legitimate conversations that are happening,” she continued. “Whether or not they will ever turn into an actual movie — I would love it if they did, and I hope that they do, but the fact alone that actual real conversations are happening is I think the most progress we’ve ever made.” on that front.”
Community debued on NBC and ran for a total of six seasons from 2009 to 2014. If the series were to become a movie, it would bring life to a classic in-joke from the series, coined by Danny Pudi’s Abed, of “six seasons and a movie.” Series creator Dan Harmon has previously entertained the idea of a Community movie, though he has worried it would come too close to existing exclusively for fan service. In a July 2021 interview, Harmon wrestled with the philosophical dilemma of creating the movie in the first place.
“Here’s the biggest philosophical question: Are you supposed to service a mythical new viewer? The obvious, dogmatic, practical, off-the-street answer is like, No, you don’t,” Harmon said. “It’s fan service. Why would there be a Community movie? Who do you think is going to walk in off the street and buy popcorn and sit and watch a Community movie like that? They deserve to be punished. Why are they doing that?”
Despite Harmon’s reluctance, Brie is not the only cast member who has expressed an interest in a Community movie, with series star Joel McHale saying in September 2021 that “things [were] in place” for such a project to happen. A year prior, co-star Yvette Nicole Brown seemed confident a film would happen, saying, “100% we’re going to do it.”
One of the earlier production gigs for Avengers: Endgame directors Joe and Anthony Russo, Community has become a cult favorite. Community was consistently received positively by critics for its sense of humor and dynamic cast, which consisted of Brie, Pudi, Joel McHale, Gillian Jacobs, Yvette Nicole Brown, Donald Glover, Ken Jeong, Chevy Chase and Jim Rash. Harmon was fired from his showrunner position before the beginning of the fourth season in 2013 but was inevitably rehired after middling reviews. After the show’s fifth season, it was canceled by NBC before being picked up by Yahoo! Screen.
The entire six-season run of Community is available to stream on Netflix.
Source: The Wrap