‘Community’ finally gets its movie

They always promised that the show would have six seasons and a movie. And damn, they’re going to do it.

Peacock announced it today Community is finally getting the movie he always promised fans would happen. The press release confirms ÔÇťoriginal stars Joel McHaleDanny Pudi, Alison Brie, Gillian Jacobs, Jim Rash and Ken Jeong reunite” for the project and that “the film comes from the original series creator Dan Harmonexecutive producer Andrew Guest, and from the studios Sony Pictures Television and Universal Television, a division of the Universal Studio Group.”

Here was NBCUniversal’s Susan Rovner’s statement on the news:

Six Seasons and a Movie’ started as a cheeky line from Communitys early seasons and quickly ignited a passionate fan movement for this iconic, funny and cool (cool, cool) NBC comedy. We are incredibly grateful that 15 years later we are able to deliver fans this promised film and can’t wait to get started with Dan Harmon, Andrew Guest, Joel McHale, Sony and our partners at UTV to continue this epic comedy for the Peacock audience.

While most of the show’s core cast of lovable misfits at a Colorado community college are back for the film, there are several Community cast is not mentioned in the press release. Neither Donald Glover nor Yvette Nicole Brown were announced as part of the ensemble; both were regular cast members on the show’s first five seasons on NBC, though neither returned (at least as full-time characters) during Community‘s final episode, which debuted on the short-lived streaming service Yahoo! Screen. (Chevy Chase appeared in the show’s first four seasons, but his character was killed off after Chase used a racial slur on set, upsetting members of the crew and cast.)

Although never a top draw in the ratings, Community was a perennial critical favorite during its run on NBC from 2009 to 2014, and it proved to be a big break for several members of the cast, who went on to even bigger film and television projects. It was also a launching pad for some of their talent behind the scenes. (Allegedly, the Russo brothers got the directing job Captain America: The Winter Soldier on the strength of their work on Community.)

No release date for the film has been announced so far, but as part of the deal Peacock will also get the rights to stream the six seasons of Community. It’s going to make one hell of a marathon one day.

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