Joel McHale Explains Why “Community” Movie is Taking Longer Than Expected

Joel McHale at the 17th Annual Gala in the Garden in October 2019
Joel McHale at the 17th Annual Gala in the Garden in October 2019. Photo by Rob Latour/Shutterstock (10441198ca)

Community is fulfilling its “six seasons and a movie” prophecy… it’s just taking longer than we’ve expected. The follow-up movie has been in the works for quite some time, and Joel McHale recently revealed that his schedule is the reason for the delay.

Community centered on a group of students attending the Glendale Community College, where everything that can go wrong usually does. It ran for five seasons on NBC before moving to Yahoo! Screen for its final season, and went on to become a cult classic thanks to its meta-humor, star-studded cast, and pop culture references which often drove the plot.

Peacock ordered a follow-up film in 2022, but this project still hasn’t seen the light of day. Joel McHale discussed it in a recent interview with GQ and said he’s hoping it will be out by next year.

“Oh, well, it hasn’t been shot yet. It will be. And I don’t have a definitive update because we thought for a moment it was going to all happen this year, and then it didn’t. But we have the money, and that is a huge step. And hopefully, people still want to see it,” he explained.

McHale also added that his schedule is to blame for the most recent delay and that Donald Glover isn’t the one to blame. Gillian Jacobs, Danny Pudi, Yvette Nicole Brown, Alison Brie, Ken Jeong, and Jim Rash are also expected to return in their respective roles.