Release Date Prediction, Confirmation & Everything We Know About ‘…And A Movie’

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Summary

  • The long-awaited Community movie has been confirmed and is in development, creating immense anticipation among its cult following.
  • The ongoing SAG-AFTRA strike may prevent the Community movie from happening, raising concerns about scheduling conflicts for the cast.
  • The Community movie is expected to have a more grounded story that focuses on the characters rather than the high-concept episodes of the series, according to creator Dan Harmon.


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The cast of the Community movie continues to tease the long-awaited feature-length finale to round off the cult comedy, as …And A Movie has been in development for several years — but it is still on the way. It was years until Abed’s prophecy of “six seasons and a movie” would come true, and in September 2022 …And A Movie, the feature-length follow-up to 2015’s Community season 6, was confirmed as greenlit by Sony TV and Peacock. However, little-to-no details came with the announcement that ….And A Movie would be debuting on Peacock. Since then, Community movie updates have been eagerly anticipated.

Community first debuted on NBC in September 2009 and followed a study group at Greendale Community College. After the conclusion of the show’s fifth season in 2014, NBC axed the comedy, but it was revived for a sixth and final season on Yahoo! Screen. Community had a small but loyal fanbase during its original run, but that grew into a cult following in the years after it ended. It’s been an incredibly popular title on multiple streaming platforms including Netflix, and online memes have also helped the Community fanbase to grow since its cancelation – all of which has added to the immense anticipation for the Community movie.

Related: Why Community Was Cancelled By NBC After Season 5


Joel McHale and Jim Rash looking concerned on Community.

The most recent news on the Community movie arrived on October 2, 2023. However, unlike many updates on …And a Movie from Community creator Dan Harmon over the past year, the latest reveal on when to expect the Community film wasn’t optimistic. Speaking to The Hollywood Reporter, Harmon was honest about his worries that the still ongoing SAG-AFTRA strike may prevent the Community movie from happening, even if it’s resolved soon — “By the time we can recoordinate, what are the odds that everyone’s schedule is going to once again align?

While the WGA strikes were resolved in late September 2023, the AMPTP and SAG-AFTRA are still negotiating. Until the strikes are resolved work on the Community movie can’t continue. Both Harmon and star Joel McHale, who’s been a key creative driver behind …And a Movie have been candid over the years that getting the schedules of the cast to align was one of the biggest hurdles to the Community film happening. While Harmon’s trepidations don’t mean the movie won’t happen, it’s still worrying that the disruption caused by the strikes may have dashed the chances of …And a Movie happening, especially since the project was confirmed in 2022 after a long, long wait.

A promotional image of the cast of Community season 6

It’s official — the Community movie is happening. Even though there had been talks of a Community movie since before the TV series ended, no official news of its development was confirmed until long after season 6 finished. It wasn’t until September 2022 that the movie was finally announced with Joel McHale tweeting out the announcement and tagging several of the show’s cast members. Dan Harmon is returning to write the movie alongside series veteran Andrew Guest, and it is being developed by Peacock as likely a streaming exclusive project.

Abed Afraid of Daylight Savings in Community

The Community movie release date has yet to be confirmed. However, the project seemed to be moving quickly since its announcement in September 2022, with Joel McHale discussing a Community movie table read and Donald Glover giving updates on the expected filming schedule. Now, it seems set in stone that the Community movie shoot will happen in Summer 2024, and while that’s a long time away, it’s at least a relief that the movie is still on course despite so many setbacks. Unfortunately, that also means that the Community movie release date might not be until 2025 at the earliest.

The cast of Community is dressed as Pulp Fiction characters.

The Community movie cast promises to see many of the beloved characters from the series return. When Joel McHale tweeted out the announcement in September 2022, he tagged several of the cast members, seemingly confirming their involvement. Along with McHale as Jeff Winger, this included Allison Brie as Annie Eddison, Gillian Jacobs as Britta Perry, Danny Pudi as Abed Nadir, Yvette Nicole Brown as Shirley Bennett, Donald Glover as Troy Barnes, and Ken Jeong as Ben Chang. Another key cast member likely to return is Jim Rash as Dean Pelton.

Chevy Chase’s Pierce Hawthorne left Community in season 4 when the character was killed off, and given the way Chase left the show, there’s a good chance he’ll not be back. Several notable supporting players who could return include Erik Charles Nielsen as Garrett, Dino Stamatopoulos as Star-Burns, John Oliver as Ian Duncan and Charles Koontz as Neil. There is also the possibility of several characters who were added to later seasons of Community making a return, including Keith David as Elroy Patashnik and Paget Brewster as Frankie Dart.

Related: Community: Cast & Character Guide

Joel McHale jumping from a paintball explosion in Community

Community movie story details have not been shared, but it seems that fans can expect a more grounded story than some of the most memorable episodes of the series. Dan Harmon revealed that fans should not expect the movie to delve into some of the fan-favorite Community aspects like the paintball episodes or the Dungeons and Dragons episodes.

According to Harmon, such ideas were “the first things to rule out because it’s the first thing off the top of your head.” As popular as these types of high-concept episodes were for fans of the genres being spoofed, Harmon’s reluctance to return to them suggests he is trying to do something original and focus on the characters for …And A Movie, which is good news for fans of Community.