When Community premiered more than 10 years ago, it started off like a fairly conventional sitcom. But over the years, the show became more inventive and surreal, gaining a cult following, and skyrocketing the careers of Gillian Jacobs, Danny Pudi, Allison Brie, and especially Donald Glover, On the other hand, Chevy Chase alienated everyone, per usual, and perhaps even swan-songed his own career.
In an early episode, the phrase “six seasons and a movie” was introduced as a sort of meta aspiration for the show. Then, despite a season without creator Dan Harmon, and another on Yahoo, they beath the odds to get all six seasons released. Now it might pull off a movie too.
Harmon has been busy with Rick and Morty but recently revealed that a movie is still a possibility.
“I started writing to keep my parents from hitting me, and I now only write to feel valid. But the upside of that is I am, at least once a week, thinking about it – the gears are turning. There is, like… a thing is happening,” Harmon said. “Logistically, the locks are coming away. And the only problems are becoming the creative ones, which is great because I love those problems. I love having these conversations, and they’re being had.”
The challenge, Harmon said, is making the movie appealing, and coherent, to viewers who haven’t watch the show.
“Saying that that person doesn’t exist is a lot different from asking yourself structurally if you’re supposed to design the movie for them because there’s a new viewer inside of all of us. If every Marvel movie started with inside references to all 90 other Marvel movies, even if you had seen all of them — even if on one level you’d be like, This is the greatest Marvel movie ever because all of the movies are in here — I think that a part of your brain would be going, Yeah, but it’s kind of not a good movie for this reason. It’s just speaking in gibberish. What does this mean? I exist in that camp like you? Formalistically, you owe a movie that I think the fans can not only enjoy, but they can stand back and go, You know, the crazy thing about this Community movie is that if you didn’t know there was a show, this is an insanely good movie. There’s a reason to watch it and then definitely watch the series because now you’re like, Holy crap. I don’t know if that’s arrogance, pretentiousness, responsibility, self-deprecation, torture. I can’t get myself out of that camp.”
Okay then. My dude has an interesting brain, that’s for sure, and one of the reasons fans are still hoping the #sixseasonsandamovie hashtag comes to fruition. I for one would watch 90 minutes of the Community characters playing paintball!