Joel McHale: Community movie could happen with funding
Retired sitcom Community lasted its pre-ordained six seasons — a fan-favorite despite never earning massive ratings. But what about the second half of the prophecy: a movie?
Former star Joel McHale is certainly open to the prospect of reuniting the Greendale gang for a feature. “Yeah! We’re bringing back Yahoo Screen! It’s gonna be great!” he joked on the red carpet of CBS’s upfronts presentation Wednesday, according to Variety.
Dan Harmon’s sitcom spent five seasons on NBC before leaping to to Yahoo! Screen, which was shuttered in January. McHale and costar Ken Jeong had hopes for a movie — and nine months later, it seems McHale is still game.
“I’m sure if somebody funds it, we would love to make a movie,” he told Variety. “The way Dan has already described it — which I could not agree more with — is it can’t just be a 2-hour episode. It has to have a real budget and it has to be probably pretty epic. We need money. Netflix has the money!”
Gillian Jacobs, another ex-Community star, has also expressed her desire to bring Community to the big screen. “I just know whenever we all see each other as the cast, we all reiterate that we would love to do the movie,” she told EW’s Dalton Ross in February.
The dean himself, Jim Rash, echoed the sentiment. “I mean, we all hope because that means reunion for all of us. It means a chance to get together and have a final, final moment or chapter for Community,” he told EW. “You never know.”
McHale stars in the new CBS sitcom The Great Indoors. It’s set to debut Thursday, Oct. 27.