Though its future on NBC is up in the air, “Community” still plans on fulfilling its “six seasons and a movie” prophecy — and it’s reportedly eyeing a surprising choice to helm the feature.
TV Guide reports that while the fiercely-beloved yet low-rated comedy has yet to be renewed for that sixth season, there are plans in place to make it a reality no matter. The same goes for a “Community” movie, with Justin Lin considered to direct, according to some inside sources.
Lin is best known for his work in action, directing four of the “Fast & Furious” movies and prepping to direct the upcoming “Bourne” sequel. But he’s also directed three “Community” episodes, so his familiarity with the show’s characters and tone would make him a good fit for a feature. TV Guide reports that Joe and Anthony Russo (“Captain America: The Winter Soldier”) and Jay Chandrasekhar (“Super Troopers”) have also directed episodes of the show, and could potentially be in the running to make the movie, too, if Lin is unavailable. (Which seems likely. The Playlist points out that aside from “Bourne 5,” he’s still pretty busy.)
Just when and how that flick materializes, though, is anyone’s guess. As previously stated, “Community” still needs an answer from NBC about season six before it can pursue other avenues, including producing new episodes for Hulu (which TV Guide reports currently owns the digital rights to the show). Regardless of where it ends up, though, creator Dan Harmon is committed to seeing the show’s journey come to its rightful completion.
“If the movie has to be made out of clay and duct tape in my basement, then that’s how the movie will be made, because there has to be closure,” Harmon said in an interview with HitFix. “The title of the book about the show is not ‘Community: An Interesting Journey Into a Show No One Ever Watched.’ The title of the book is obviously going to be, ‘Six Seasons and a Movie.'”
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Gallery | 5 TV Shows That Deserve a Kickstarter-Funded Movie
- ‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer’
“Buffy The Vampire Slayer” was the epitome of late ’90s / early ’00s TV. The show, which ran from 1997 to 2003, revolved around the life and times of Buffy (Sarah Michelle Gellar), a teenage vampire slayer, naturally. Buffy lived in Sunnydale, a town on top of the “Hellmouth,” a portal through which demons and other big bads could enter our world only to be vanquished on a weekly or seasonal basis. In the finale, Buffy and her friends (aka The Scoobies) managed to destroy the Hellmouth and escape on a school bus, sans Spike (RIP, sort of). To this day, the show’s fans feel there are some loose ends, such as “What happened to Buffy and her friends now that there are no more vampires to slay?!” Sure, the comic books kept the story going, but we don’t think “Buffy” loyalists would hesitate to kick in a few bucks to see this movie made.
- ‘Freaks and Geeks’
“Freaks and Geeks” was the Judd Apatow masterpiece that starred now-big-name-actors James Franco, Seth Rogen, and Jason Segel as awkward, relatable (and adorable) teenagers. The series wasn’t given a chance to really build an audience and was cancelled after just 18 episodes. Still, the show is beloved by its fan base — so much so that Vanity Fair even had a reunion photo shoot for the cast last year. Wouldn’t it be great to see what these characters have been up to since their non-existent graduation? Make it happen, people!
- ‘The Sopranos’
So, in case you don’t know, “The Sopranos,” was about a family of mobsters from New Jersey. The show has a huge fan base and was one of HBO’s most consistently popular, celebrated shows. Over the course of its six seasons, the drama drew critical heat due to its content and depiction of Italian Americans, but plenty more controversy was stirred up by fans who criticized the show’s jarring finale. In the series’ last scene, Tony (James Gandolfini), his son, A.J. (Robert Iler), and his wife, Carmela (Edie Falco), are sitting in a diner surrounded by sinister-looking people. Before anything could happen, the screen went black — and that’s it. That’s how the show ended. Maybe it’s time the show got a second chance at wrapping things up.
- ‘The West Wing’
“The West Wing” was Aaron Sorkin’s Emmy-winning political drama set in the White House, specifically the West Wing (of course). The series — starring Martin Sheen, Rob Lowe, and Allison Janney — ran for seven seasons, and came to what most fans would consider a logical end. After two terms, President Jed Bartlet (Sheen) left office, and was succeeded by Matt Santos (Jimmy Smits). The NBC hit had a huge following and we think fans would be on board for a movie about Santos’s administration, Bartlet’s post-presidency life, and beyond.
- ‘Battlestar Galactica’ (2004)
The 2004 reboot of “Battlestar Galactica” turned out to be a wildly successful re-imagining of the ’70s series. The show was set in a star system lightyears away from Earth, and revolved around a military crew, the only one to survive an attack by a species known as Cylons. The sci-fi hit may not have been everyone’s cup of tea, but the show’s viewership was (and is) teeming with obsessed fans. In fact, Bryan Singer (“X-Men”) is working on a film, but it was reportedly put on hold because it failed to gain momentum. Sounds like it needs a Kickstart!
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