It’s been a long road to get to the fabled Community movie. What started as a “six seasons and a movie” in-joke amongst fans became something more concrete when Sony Pictures TV and Peacock jointly announced that they would begin production on a Community film, helmed by original creator Dan Harmon.
Of course, then some stuff happened: most notably the dual SAG-AFTRA and WGA strikes. While the entertainment industry’s actors and writers were eventually able to negotiate an equitable deal for their work, the twin disruptions effectively shut down Hollywood for months, jeopardizing many projects.
Getting the now-very successful cast of Community back together was always going to be a logistical challenge even under the most stable of circumstances. Would Sony and Peacock still be able to close deals with important talent even after the upheaval of the strikes? According to a recent interview with one erstwhile Community star, the answer to that question is unequivocally “yes.”
In speaking to Entertainment Tonight about his new series Mr. and Mrs. Smith (which is coincidentally very good and worth your time), Donald Glover was asked whether he still planned to return as Greendale student Troy Barnes for the Community movie. His answer should be extremely reassuring for Community fans.
“I was texting [about the Community movie] literally today. I was told the script was done,” Glover said, before adding “I’m in. I’m all in.”
With no disrespect intended to the rest of the very talented and successful Community cast, Glover’s involvement with the film has always been the most challenging to lock down. That’s because, as evidenced by the fact that that ET interview that moves right into a question about his music career as Childish Gambino, Glover is an extremely busy man. The aforementioned Mr. and Mrs. Smith is just the first fruit borne of a major production deal that Glover signed with Amazon Studios. And that’s not even to mention his other various acting, writing, and musical interests.
So if even Troy Barnes is “all in” then certainly everyone else is too. Except for Chevy Chase, of course. That’s still not happening.