Yesterday, the world of the Internet brought us the wonderful news that Community would be returning for a sixth season. The folks at Yahoo were gracious enough to have faith in the show’s return, so we’ll have the chance to see 13 new episodes on Yahoo Screen come this fall. But you may be asking yourself – what about the movie? The tag of #sixseasonsandamovie has been one of Community creator Dan Harmon’s trademarks and fans have come to expect that the journey of the series will, despite all hardship, come to fruition. Now, according to some execs over at Sony, it seems as if all shall be right in the universe – Community will indeed get its movie and… perhaps something more?
Zack Van Amburg, president of programming and production over at Sony Pictures Television, had a few things to say during a recent interview with The Hollywood Reporter. When asked about the future of Community beyond season six:
I don’t know, let’s see how our movie does! Isn’t that our plan? There’s no way we’re not making the movie now! I think once we make the movie, let’s look up and decide how much more Community the world wants. We promised six seasons and a movie, how much more do you want?! [Laughs.] … I’d be lying if I told you that we have not had some very early and preliminary conversations that are very exciting about what a potential movie could be and who might direct it. It’s early but it’s completely in our thought process.
When asked about what format the movie might take given Community’s new home on Yahoo Screen:
I don’t know; that’s the part that is preliminary. It was not part of our Yahoo conversation. We were singularly focused on getting the series picked up but I think anything is possible.
And, perhaps most importantly, THR asked Amburg about Dan Harmon’s role in the sixth season. What he had to say was pretty encouraging:
Dan puts so much of himself into these things. The last thing you want if you’re Dan Harmon is a delusional studio executive calling you up saying, “Here’s the weather report and here’s how we’re shopping it.” We were mindful of the fact that we had tried to do [the show] without Dan at a time and going forward we wanted to do it with him. We gave him a gentle heads-up that we were going to be having conversations without specifics. When it got down to the final moments of making the deal, Dan was front and center and had a great conversation with Yahoo and had a lot of very thoughtful questions about protecting his baby and how they were going to nurture it along. He was intimately involved in the finals steps. He was not involved in getting us to that place just because it’s too hard to mourn the loss of something more than once and he has done that when Bob made the initial call. We didn’t want to prolong the pain.
Yahoo is probably pretty happy to get a whole slew of Community fans aware of and using their online streaming service, so we can likely expect the new season to be 100-percent Dan Harmon. Whether the show ends up continuing on to seventh season or not, I guess we’ll just have to wait and see. 13 new episodes and a movie is a lot of work to get done and serious discussion on any further Community projects will probably be on the backburner in anything but theory until they see how tired the cast and crew (and the audience) are of the show this time next year.
As for the movie itself – I’ve often wondered what they could do with it. Would they try to do something epic, like a Lord of the Rings or Star Wars spoof? Would they go more along the lines of a spoof montage, in the vein of something like Scary Movie? Perhaps an all-out war on the campus of Greendale as the team battles against foreign (or alien?) invaders? One thing’s for certain – television series that try to carry over to movies are traditionally pretty bad, so Harmon and the gang will have to work hard to put an outstanding end-cap on the six seasons we’ve been enjoying thus far.
What say the Nerd Readers? Do you think Community could last into a seventh season without getting stale? If you could script your own Community movie, what kind of theme would you go with?