Talk about manifesting your dreams.
After years of talking about “six seasons and a movie,” the cast of Community is finally getting its wish, as Peacock has greenlit Community: The Movie, which will bring back most of the original cast, including Joel McHale, Danny Pudi, Alison Brie, Gillian Jacobs, Ken Jeong, and Jim Rash.
The movie will wrap up the beloved NBC series, which will begin streaming on Peacock in the run-up to the movie. Peacock landed the project in a competitive situation, and series creator Dan Harmon is returning to direct the film and co-write the script with Andrew Guest.
Community ran for five seasons on NBC before moving to Yahoo! Screen for its sixth and final season. The show ran for over 100 episodes and takes place on the campus of a community college in Colorado.
Missing from Peacock’s release? Any mention of Donald Glover, Chevy Chase, or Yvette Nicole Brown. Chase famously didn’t get along with Harmon, which is why he didn’t appear in the show’s final season, so his absence isn’t terribly surprising, and I know Glover is incredibly busy these days, but I’m surprised that Brown isn’t poised to return. At least for right now.
“‘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,” said NBCUniversal’s Susan Rovner said in a statement. “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.”
Peacock didn’t announce a release date for Community: The Movie but it seems like it would be ready in time to debut on the streaming service at some point next year.