Screenwriter Dan Harmon tells us his vision for the long-awaited reunion of television’s most famous gang, and no, it won’t be just a party between old friends
Imagine Troy and Abed at the cinema, but not in just any cinema, but on the big screen of your favorite cinema. Now, after years of waiting and rumors, Dan Harmonthe architect behind Community AND Rick and Mortyoffered tantalizing details about the highly anticipated Community film.
Have you ever wondered what happened to our beloved characters of Greendale Community College after the end of the series? We’re not the only ones. Harmon himself and Andrew Guest, one of the series’ original writers, are trying to give fans what they deserve: a script that doesn’t need last-minute rewrites.
He returns to Greendale without Chevy Chase
Harmon is no stranger to the power of fandom. The creator of Community He spoke openly about how, even before the pandemic, he had already sold the idea of the film as a Greendale reunion, albeit without Chevy Chase in attendance. But let’s be honest: you don’t want it to be “just a meeting.” “I want to offer a prize” says Harmon.
If we talk about meetings, what about the loyalty of Donald Glover, that Emmy winner who seems to have no limits in his career? Harmon is aware of the level of talent achieved by his former students. “I don’t want them to come back and feel like I’m treating them like cattle again.”, shares the screenwriter. And it’s no surprise that Glover’s return as Troy Barnes, alongside other beloved characters, would be an event worthy of his star status.
A cast to remember and perhaps new additions
Joel McHale, another of the emblematic faces of the series, will return as Jeff Winger. Joining him will be Alison Brie as Annie Edison, Danny Pudi as Abed Nadir, Gillian Jacobs as Britta Perry, Jim Rash as Dean Pelton and Ken Jeong as Ben Chang. And although it is not yet clear whether Yvette Nicole Brown will return, her presence is considered probable. Keith David, who played Elroy Patashnik, will also likely reprise his role.
The film, despite having been in the works for a long time, was delayed due first to the pandemic and then to the strike. WGA (Writers Guild of America). But Harmon assures that he is now completely focused on realizing this project.
More than a series, a cultural phenomenon
Perhaps the most intriguing thing about this return Greendale Community College is to think about the impact the original series had on both popular culture and the way we consume television. If we remember, Community It came at a time when situational comedies were going through a period of transformation. The series changed the rules of the game, breaking the fourth wall, making clever parodies of other shows and movies, and even dabbling in the world of animation. His unpredictable format and acid humor made him stand out in a saturated television landscape.
But perhaps the most important thing is how the series redefined the concept of community in the digital age. Fan interaction on social media and online forums has played a crucial role in keeping the spirit of Greendale alive even after the show ended. Memes, quotes and even fan content creation have transformed Community in more than one series; into a true cultural phenomenon which, even today, continues to capture the attention of young people and adults. The return of a film not only satisfies nostalgia, but also confirms the enduring importance of this television masterpiece.
A second chance for Greendale
This reunion is not only a nostalgic wink for longtime fans, but can also serve as a gateway for new generations to the universe of Community. In this sense, Harmon and the rest of the team’s commitment to not doing any last-minute rewrites points to a cinematic experience that could, perhaps, exceed our highest expectations.
In short, the Community film promises to be much more than just a reunion of old classmates. Dan Harmon and his team are doing their best to make this return to Greendale memorable for first-time fans and seduce new fans. Who knows? Perhaps we are on the verge of a community revival that goes beyond a movie. And that, my friends, is something no fan of the series would want to miss.