Dan Harmon has some exciting news for Community fans who are still waiting for the movie they were promised.
While talking to Newsweek to promote season 6 of his animated show rick and mortyHarmon provided “concrete” evidence of the Community the existence of the film and the state of progress of the creative process.
The cult show Community starred Joel McHale, Donald Glover, Alison Brie, Ken Jeong and Chevy Chase, and thanks to a huge fan movement, it stayed on the air for six seasons. The slogan “six seasons and a movie”, which originated in the series, is often used in support of Communitybut fans have been waiting for this final part of the prophecy for over seven years.
“I will say now it’s a matter of ‘when’. I was so careful about [saying] that,” Harmon said Newsweek.
“Three years ago it would have been accurate to say ‘it’s a matter of when, not if’. The wheels have been in motion for so long,” he said.
The last episode of Community, which premiered on NBC in 2009 and ended on the now defunct Yahoo! Screen in 2015, ended with the words “…and a movie”. Since then, Harmon and every cast member have been asked about the release date of this film.
Explaining why he’s tried to be coy in the past, Harmon explained that it was because the release schedule might not be the answer fans wanted to hear.
“The fan who Instagrams everyday about Communityhow can you tell them, “yes, it’s definitely going to happen, but it could take anywhere from one to eight years” – that’s how the industry works, especially when you factor in pandemics and so on.
“How about this for a concrete thing? Harmon teased, “There’s a preview for it. There’s a product put together and showcased in the world. I guess that’s how real it is.”
Recognizing that anything he says can impact arousal Community fans, he continued, “It’s probably enough to drive people crazy when [there’s nothing] a year from now. That still doesn’t mean there will be a movie tomorrow. That means there will definitely be one.”
Alison Brie, who played Annie Eddison throughout Community six seasons, also discussed the Community movie with Newsweek recently. “Fingers crossed as much as anyone else. I hope that happens,” Brie said, acknowledging how shy she must have been.
Harmon explained what the situation is like for fans, likening it to being in the driver’s seat and watching his hungry kids in the back of the car.
“It looks like psychological torture, from a fan’s perspective, to keep looking out the back of a station wagon and saying ‘who wants McDonald’s? And keep driving on the freeway,” he said. “I don’t want to be guilty of causing this feeling. It takes so long sometimes.”
Community fans have been holding out hope for a movie for the past few years. During the pandemic, the majority of the cast returned for an online meeting table read. In September 2021, McHale, who played Jeff Winger, shared his hope for a movie to happen, while in June 2021, Jeong, aka Ben Chang, expressed his desire to reprise the role in a chat with Newsweek.
Harmon and the actors and creators of rick and morty were talking to Newsweek ahead of the launch of Season 6 on Adult Swim on September 4, 2022. We’ll have more rick and morty upcoming content.