‘Community’ Might Actually End Up Getting Six Seasons and a Movie

By March 26, 2014

While “Community” is back in full swing on NBC right now, there have been many instances where the show was on shaky ground, narrowly avoiding cancellation multiple times over the years. The show’s uncertain fate (and an offhanded line by Danny Pudi’s Abed when he became a big fan of “The Cape”) caused fans to start calling for “six seasons and a movie,” and now it turns like it might actually happen.

HitFix had an extensive interview with creator Dan Harmon, and he was adamant that the series will get one more season and a feature film. Harmon said:

If the movie has to be made out of clay and duct tape in my basement, then that’s how the movie will be made, because there has to be closure. The title of the book about the show is not Community, An Interesting Journey into a Show No One Ever Watched. The title of the book is obviously going to be, Six Seasons and a Movie.

Either there’s some kind of tell-all book that Harmon envisions to go along with this deal when all is said and done for Greendale, or Harmon was merely being metaphorical, but the series creator’s dedication isn’t just a pipedream anymore. TV Guide says insiders at NBC and Sony Pictures Television are optimistic that a final 13-episode season will be ordered for “Community.” Not only has the show returned to form since bringing Harmon back in the mix, but NBC totally bombed with their new fall comedies this year, so the network likely wants some kind of consistency on its schedule.

And with that sixth season looking like a possibility, apparently there are also already talks about that feature film that fans have been demanding too. Supposedly, Fast & Furious franchise director Justin Lin is one of the names in consideration to take on the film. That might seem a little odd, but Lin has already directed several episodes of the show, including the initial paintball episode, “Modern Warfare.”

Community - Jeff - Paintball

But the source also notes that “Community” has plenty of feature directors in their past that might be able to step up to the plate, the most prominent of which would be Joe & Anthony Russo, the brothers behind Marvel’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier, hitting theaters in just over a week. But since the duo is supposed to take on Captain America 3 for release in 2016, they might not have time.

TV Guide also notes that even if NBC decides not to renew “Community,” (which again seems unlikely), then Sony Pictures Television would likely try to find a new home for the show like Hulu or even Netflix. But even with that season, spin-off movies for TV shows are few and far between, and the feature film portion of this hopeful plan is likely going to be the most difficult part to pull off.

Anyway, there are still a few more episodes of the current fifth season on the way. The two-part finale airs on April 10th and April 17th at 8/7c and has our favorite study group learning Subway plans to purchase Greendale Community College and turn it into Subway University. Jeff (Joel McHale) is offered a job by the sandwich conglomerate, while Dean Pelton (Jim Rash) tells Annie (Alison Brie) and Abed about the secret of Greendale’s first dean (guest star Chris Elliott), which could help save the school. Ultimately Jeff and Britta (Gillian Jacobs) make a decision about their future.

Do you want six seasons and a movie for “Community” or do you want even more?

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Ethan Anderton
Some of his favorite films include Ghostbusters, The Empire Strikes Back and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, while his favorite TV series include LOST, Mad Men, 30 Rock, Parks & Recreation, Arrested Development and Saturday Night Live.
  • Such good news. Lin would be an awesome fit if he were to actually sign on to direct the movie.