Well, they did say six seasons and a movie, right?
Much-loved comedy series Community had quite the life, accumulating a passionate and loyal fanbase during the five seasons it was at NBC. When it was cancelled after season 5, fans were understandably up in arms, but more was in store thanks to the once-promising Yahoo! Screen, who gave it a 13-episode sixth season that would be its last. “Six seasons and a movie” was the mantra shared by stars, creatives and fans of the show. Six seasons. Tick. Movie…
“We’d certainly be willing to do it.” says Joe Russo, who – alongside his filmmaker brother, Anthony Russo – was an executive producer and directed 21 episode of the Dan Harmon-created show. The Russos, of course, are perhaps now best known for directing monumental Marvel movies Captain America: Civil War, Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame.
In an interview with Collider, Russo confirmed that there is still a chance for a Community movie, saying that it’s mostly down to getting the pieces lined up.
“We love our Community family. That cast, we’re all still very close to all of them. It’d certainly be schedule-depending for us. But I believe there will be a Community movie, especially now that it’s doing so well on streaming. Someone like Netflix could step up and make that movie.”
Apart from getting the cast and the creatives all on the same page and schedule, there isn’t much holding a Community movie back. The fanbase is most certainly still around, particularly with the series continuing to garner a following on streaming services around the world such as Netflix and Amazon Prime. Furthermore, there’s no reason it needs to cost a fortune.
“I don’t think you’d want to see it with a really big budget,” Russo said. “Part of what is so compelling about the show is that it’s very quaint, it’s Greendale as an underdog. I don’t think you’d want to suddenly execute it with crazy high production value and set design. Unless we were going somewhere fantastical or doing one of our genre exploration concepts. But I think you’d easily pull that movie off for a budget.”
It would be great to hang out with Jeff, Britta, Abed, Troy and the whole gang again in a new adventure. Please, Netflix. Make it happen.