According to series creator Dan Harmon, Donald Glover was a deciding factor in where the “Community” film would be filmed.
The popular NBC sitcom “Community” spurred the hashtag #SixSeasonsandaMovie and landed an upcoming Peacock film that was years in the making. Although the initial casting announcement left original cast members Donald Glover and Yvette Nicole Brown untagged (aside from Chevy Chase, who left the series before the final season), Harmon confirmed this The Hollywood Reporter that Brown and Glover would reprise their respective roles.
“I don’t think it’s too much of a spoilery to say that the story is about the gang getting back together,” Harmon said.
The film marks a reunion at Greendale Community College, with Joel McHale, Danny Pudi, Alison Brie, Gillian Jacobs, Ken Jeong and Jim Rash returning.
Before the WGA and SAG strikes, Harmon indicated that the film “Community,” filmed in Los Angeles, would be moving production to Atlanta to accommodate Glover’s other productions. The “Atlanta” maker has the Prime Video “Mr. Among other things, the TV series “And Mrs. Smith” and the “Star Wars” film “Lando” are in the works.
“And Donald was thrilled,” Harmon said of Glover.
Now that the SAG strike continues, Harmon added, “What are the chances that everyone’s schedule will be brought back into line if we can re-coordinate?”
Harmon continued: “The most important thing for me as a viewer or anyone who loved this show is to see how these people see themselves. And they still love each other, and it won’t feel the same if you shoot them separately in different locations in different months.”
Harmon called fans’ devotion to seeing a “Community” film “mental torture” due to the interruption of the film’s production.
“The fan who posts about ‘Community’ on Instagram every day, how can you tell him, ‘Yes, it’s definitely going to happen, but it could be in one to eight years’ – that’s how the industry works, especially when you it does factor in pandemics and stuff like that,” Harmon said in 2022. “From a fan’s perspective, it just feels like psychological torture to constantly look in the backseat of a station wagon and say, ‘Who wants McDonald’s?’ And just keep driving down the highway. I don’t want to be guilty of causing this sensation. Sometimes it just takes so long.”