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Community is a beloved series that aired between 2009 and 2015 and has always carried the slogan “Six Seasons and a Movie” since its second season.
Seven years after the series ended, Community finally received the green light for a feature film.
In mid-2022, news of a potential upcoming movie surfaced, but no one knew when it would arrive.
On September 30, it was finally revealed that it had been picked up.
The internet exploded when several stars began posting the prophetic phrase “And a movie” online.
It was revealed that Peacock has ordered a film about the misfit Greendale study group created by Dan Harmon.
The announcement revealed that the original cast members would be returning.
It has been confirmed that Joel McHale, Danny Pudi, Alison Brie, Gillian Jacobs, Ken Jeong, and Jim Rash will return as Greendale’s saviors.
Original cast members Yvette Nicole Brown and Donald Glover have yet to be confirmed for a return.
Comedy legend Chevy Chase probably won’t be returning as Pierce Hawthorne after the season four fallout, but anything is possible.
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Behind the scenes
Aside from the film, Peacock managed to secure the non-competitive rights to air the sixth season of Community.
Susan Rovener, president of entertainment content at NBCUniversal and Streaming, shared her excitement for the project, saying:
“‘Six seasons and a movie’ started out as a cheeky line from Community’s early seasons and quickly ignited a passionate fan movement for this iconic, hilarious, and cool (cool, cool) NBC comedy.”
“We’re incredibly grateful that 15 years later, we are able to deliver fans this promised movie and can’t wait to get to work with Dan Harmon, Andrew Guest, Joel McHale, Sony, and our partners at UTV to continue this epic comedy for Peacock audiences.”
Six seasons and a movie
The Community Movie has been getting more attention since Dan Harmon said it was possible to make it work, and Joel McHale’s Sept. 30 tweet confirmed it might be on the way.
McHale tagged his co-stars Peacock, Sony, Community and Gillian Anderson (accidentally because Gillian Jacobs didn’t have an account) and posted a photo with the famous words “And a movie”.
The full line was first said by Abed Nadir (Pudi) in the Season 2 episode, Paradigms of Human Memory.
The episode took a shot at the “clip shows” trope on older shows, which typically recycle old clips to save money.
In Paradigms of Human Memory, they instead showed new clips of events that happened in the past.
In one of the clips, Abed dresses up as Cape (from the titular TV show) and accidentally spills Jeff Winger’s (McHale’s) lunch.
Jeff shouts: “The show’s gonna last three weeks!” To which Abed replies: “Six seasons and a movie!”
The expression has become a rallying cry for Community fans all over the world, especially when the show was temporarily canceled after the fifth season.
Yahoo managed to collect the series and fulfill half of the prophecy.
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Movie development progress over the years
The creator of Community, Dan Harmon, said that a film would happen as early as 2016.
Over the years, he has regularly updated fans, suggesting that a film would be in progress.
In August of this year, Harmon revealed that he pitched a Community film and that Peacock seemed to have been interested.
Despite creating Community, Dan Harmon is only on board to write the film and serve as an executive producer.
He will be joined in the role of executive producer by Joel McHale, Andrew Guest, Russ Krassnoff, and Gary Foster.
The film hasn’t found a director yet.