After having long been prophesied, the concept of “six seasons and a movie” for Community will officially be completed. Aftering having aired over 100 episodes between 2009 and 2015, the Peacock streaming service has ordered a feature film to serve as a finale to the sitcom franchise. This comes after an extensive bidding war amongst various streamers to acquire the rights to said film. The full series library will also be moving to Peacock on a non-exclusive basis.
Dan Harmon will return to write the final film alongside Andrew Guest. Meanwhile, numerous stars of the original series are slated to return. This includes the likes of Joel McHale, Danny Pudi, Alison Brie, Gillian Jacobs, Jim Rash, and Ken Jeong. There is no official word on original starring cast members who left the series during its run such as Donald Glover, Yvette Nicole Brown, and Chevy Chase. Though it’s probable none of them will have a significant role in the film (especially Chase, due to his contentious exit from the series after the fourth season).
Community initially released in 2009 on NBC as a compatriot with shows such as The Office, Parks & Rec, and 30 Rock. Though after fledgling ratings, its sixth and final season aired on the now-defunct Yahoo! Screen service. While never receiving the television rating acclaim of the other three sitcom stalwarts, the genre-bending comedy has maintained a strong niche fanbase. The news of the closing film is certainly bound to draw mass excitement from audiences and be a major driving force for the young Peacock streaming service.