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Hold on to your hats from the Hat Club, human beings: We could be headed back to Greendale. Maybe. Possibly. At least according to Community star Alison Brie.
While promoting her new film Spin Me Round, which she stars in and co-wrote with director Jeff Baena, Brie addressed recent rumors that the beloved show could be closer than ever to getting the movie cherry on top of its six-season sundae.
“Recently you were quoted as saying that a Community movie is maybe a possibility—can you say anything else about that?” Newsweek asked her on August 15.
Brie’s answer: “I don’t think I can say anything else, but I will double down on what I did say: It’s maybe a possibility. It’s definitely maybe a possibility.”
She added with a laugh, “Honestly, and I’m not trying to be coy, I’m honestly trying to give you as much information as I have. It’s been talked about in the way that’s the most hopeful that I’ve ever witnessed, but still who knows. I’m crossing my fingers as much as anyone else. I hope it happens.”
Ever since Community wrapped in 2015, fans and those involved with the show alike—including stars Brie, Joel McHale and Danny Pudi, along with creator Dan Harmon—have expressed their enduring desire to do a film. The hashtag #sixseasonsandamovie has been a fandom rallying cry, an homage to the TV-obsessed character Abed (Pudi), who demanded nothing less than six seasons and a movie for the criminally underrated series The Cape. (Sadly, The Cape lived on only in the darkest timeline.)
Against all odds, Community got its six seasons, premiering on NBC in 2009 and surviving showrunner changes, cast member departures (Donald Glover, Chevy Chase and Yvette Nicole Brown) and even a hopscotch across platforms, landing on Yahoo! for its sixth and final season in 2015. Now, could it finally get its movie all these years later?
“It surprises me and warms my heart truly,” Brie said about fans’ ongoing dedication to the series and getting the film made. “I loved making that show and I still love that cast; we’re all texting this morning. Our group chain is constant after what, 12 years? It means so much to me that it still means so much to the fans.”
Brie was less optimistic about a resurrection of her critically acclaimed series GLOW, which was canceled in 2019 after three seasons.
“I have heard nothing on that front,” she said. “Sadly, I continue to not be optimistic about that. I don’t see a resurrection happening. I was so heartbroken to say goodbye to GLOW. It will forever be that great love of my life in terms of work, and I miss it a lot.”
As for Community, Brie partly credits new fans for reinvigorating the discussion around a movie. “I think that ever since it went up on some more streaming platforms in the past couple years…we’ve seen a whole new audience who’s come to love the show, and it means a lot to all of us.”
All six seasons (but no movie…yet) of Community are available on Netflix.
Spin Me Round, which also stars Aubrey Plaza, Molly Shannon, Ayden Mayeri, Debby Ryan, Zach Woods, Tim Heidecker, Ben Sinclair, Alessandro Nivola and Lil Rel Howery, hits theaters, VOD and AMC+ on August 19.