Joel McHale Gives Terrible News About The Community Reboot Movie

Joel McHale told fans that the Community movie has been delayed due to the writers strike.

By Chad Langen | Published

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After Community was canceled in 2015, the show’s dedicated fanbase advocated relentlessly for a follow-up movie. Their persistence appeared to pay off last fall with the announcement that the eagerly anticipated film was indeed in the works, set to stream exclusively on Peacock. Unfortunately, a recent statement from series star Joel McHale to TV Line suggests that, due to the ongoing writers’ strike, fans will have to wait even longer for the movie.

Joel McHale expressed his disappointment, saying the delay was truly disheartening due to the film’s production being on the cusp of commencement. However, he voiced his support for the writers, emphasizing their right to fair compensation. This sentiment of support has been echoed by numerous actors in Hollywood.

Despite the delay, Joel McHale reassured fans that the Community movie is still in the works, which is certainly good news. He went on to say that once the issues surrounding the writers’ strike are resolved, progress will resume on the eagerly awaited project. “We’ll get there,” he confidently stated.

Community made its debut on NBC in 2009 and enjoyed a five-season run before the network decided to cancel it due to declining viewership. However, Yahoo! Screen stepped in shortly after and picked up the series for a sixth season. Even before its eventual cancellation on Yahoo! Screen, talks of a Community movie sequel were already underway.

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The series is known for its unique and often meta-approach to storytelling. The show follows a diverse group of students at Greendale Community College who form a study group and embark on hilarious and absurd adventures together. Joel McHale plays the lead role of Jeff Winger, a smooth-talking lawyer who enrolls in community college after his law degree is revoked.

The acclaimed comedy series also features pivotal roles played by Ken Jeong, Alison Brie, Gillian Jacobs, Jim Rash, Yvette Nicole Brown, Donald Glover, and Chevy Chase. As revealed by Joel McHale during his appearance on Jimmy Kimmel back in January, Jeong, Brie, Jacobs, Glover, and Rash are set to reprise their roles in the upcoming Community follow-up. However, there is currently no word on whether Brown and Chase will return for the film.

The upcoming sequel movie for Community is in the hands of its creator, Dan Harmon, who reportedly presented a pitch in August last year that ignited the progress of the project. Although Harmon is keeping the plot details under wraps, he will not only write the film but also assume the role of executive producer. Joining him as executive producers are Joel McHale, Andrew Guest, Russ Krasnoff, and Gary Foster, ensuring a strong team behind the scenes of the project.

Hopefully, the writers’ strike will be resolved sooner rather than later so that work on the hotly anticipated Community movie can commence. In the meantime, fans can indulge in all six seasons of the beloved series, conveniently available to stream on Netflix. With the film’s delay, there’s now plenty of time to catch up on all 110 episodes before the movie’s eventual release.