Community, the beloved sitcom that ran for six seasons across NBC and Yahoo Screen, never really felt complete–while the show’s sixth and final season ended well, the “#sixseasonsandamovie” that popped up several times over the show’s run has not yet come to pass.
But now, five years after the show’s end, creator Dan Harmon (now working on Rick and Morty) has hinted at the possibility that the movie will still happen. Talking to The Wrap, Harmon hinted that plans are underway to reunite the cast and film something. “I can tell people for sure that the enthusiasm for Community,” Harmon says, explaining that the continued interest in the show “affects the marketplace”–which is to say, essentially, but making a movie might be a good financial decision at this point.
“When the marketplace gets affected, conversations happen,” Harmon continued. “And when conversations happen, things happen.” Although he believes that Community fans have have learned over the years to “never to raise expectations, keep ‘em nice and low and then be pleasantly surprised,” he gives fans some reason to feel hopeful.
“I can say that there are conversations happening that people would want to be happening and that I’m very, very excited about the coming months,” Harmon concludes.
In the show, “#sixseasonsandamovie” was first used by the character Abed (Danny Pudi) in reference to The Cape, a show that was, in reality, cancelled after a single ten episode season. Fans took the phrase and ran with it, and it eventually became the expectation that Community would try and release six seasons and a movie. Since the show recently hit Netflix, it has likely brought in many new and returning fans.
The cast of Community is reuniting later this month (minus Chevy Chase) for a virtual table read of an episode from Season 5. The episode, Cooperative Polygraphy, marked Donald Glover’s penultimate appearance on the show–he will also be returning for this table read.