Community is finally getting a movie to go along with its six seasons. Peacock recently announced that the cult favorite NBC series has been greenlit for a feature-length film set to reunite stars Joel McHale, Danny Pudi, Alison Brie, Gillian Jacobs, Jim Rash, and Ken Jeong. Notably absent are Donald Glover, Yvette Nicole Brown, and Chevy Chase.
It’s no surprise that Chase isn’t attached to the project. He got fired and killed off of the show after his penchant for on-set blow-ups and general assholery came to a head when he used the N-word during a shouting match about the direction of his character. It’s not the only tasteless thing he did on set either; Glover revealed in a profile with the New Yorker that Chase often made racist jokes between takes to try to throw him off his game.
In that same New Yorker profile, Glover says he left the show in the fifth season because he just grew bored of it and wanted to carve out his own path in the entertainment industry. Since it's been seven years since Community’s final season aired, and he’s done more than well enough for himself creatively, let’s hope his boredom has subsided. Community without Troy AND Abed didn’t feel right, and a movie without Troy AND Abed won’t feel right, either.
Yvette Nicole Brown isn’t officially attached to the project either, but she did tweet excitement about the announcement. Who knows why she hasn’t signed the dotted line, maybe negotiations are still in full swing. It’d also be a shame if the movie also had no Shirley.
I wouldn’t count Brown or Glover out entirely, though. At the start of the pandemic, the full cast reunited for a table read to help charity. Maybe the lawyers just have to get everything in tip-top shape, or we’ll just get surprised. Anyhow, if Glover is on the fence, he should know this is a perfect opportunity to be silly again.