What’s the window of time for a feature adaptation of a cult TV series? That used to be a relatively easy question to answer: once people stop talking about your show, there’s probably no financial incentive to reuniting the cast for a once-and-done feature film. That’s all changed thanks to the power of nostalgia (which seems stronger than ever these days) and the emergence of non-traditional production models put forward by Netflix, Amazon Studios, and others to capitalize on that nostalgia. So it’s with a lot of shrugging uncertainty that I answer the question of whether or not Dan Harmon’s Community movie is still a possibility with a resounding: maybe?
As seen in this clip from Ora.TV, Harmon ended up chatting about the rumored and awaited Community movie during a spot on Larry King Now. Most of the talk revolved around the feasibility of even putting a movie together thanks to the busy schedules of series’ star Joel McHale, Donald Glover, Yvette Nicole Brown, Gillian Jacobs, Danny Pudi, and others. The long and short of it is that a Community movie is still a possibility, but far from being confirmed.
Watch Harmon’s chat with King in the clip below to see what he had to say about the possible Community movie. You can also check out the full episode here.
‘Community’ creator Dan Harmon discusses with Larry King the possibility of a movie adaptation of the cult favorite TV series: “It will happen.”
If you prefer your quotes in text form, here’s what Harmon had to say:
“If I pull out a typewriter right now and write a Community movie just from my own mind, then I have to go through the heartbreak and agony of finding out which of the people are going to show up to make it. Whereas, on the other hand, if I wait for everybody to line up and say, ‘We’re all out of work and ready to do a Community movie!’ well, I guess that’s a bad idea too.
“It’ll make a great movie. It’ll happen. ”
That’s a bit more on the pessimistic side (and classic Harmon) than the positive things he had to say about the possibility of a Community movie during the 2015 ATX Festival in Austin:
“I told Yahoo, ‘I can’t think about writing a movie until I miss Community. They wanted to turn around and do a movie immediately, and Yahoo can get it done. They’re like the NSA.”
McHale backed him up during a chat with Variety, saying:
“I’m sure if somebody funds it, we would love to make a movie. The way Dan has already described it — which I could not agree more with — is it can’t just be a 2-hour episode. It has to have a real budget and it has to be probably pretty epic. We need money. Netflix has the money!”
So whether it’s Netflix, Yahoo, or some other financial backer, there still lives the possibility of a Community movie … but is anyone going to watch it? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!