"Six seasons and a movie" has become something of a catchphrase for "Community" ever since Season 3. The joke, which originally spun out of a line Abed said defending the short-lived NBC drama "The Cape," has been the fans way of asking for a longer life for the cult-favorite comedy series.
"If a movie happens -- I've been talking to [writer/producer] Chris McKenna about it, and I agree with him fully -- it should be epic," McHale says. "It should be big. In that case, we need a lot of money. I don't know how that's going to happen, but maybe I'll win the Powerball before then and we can fund it.
But now that "Community" just wrapped its fifth season, that elusive Season 6 is actually within reach. A pickup hasn't been announced yet, but "Community" has proved time and again that it's hard to kill. If Season 6 does happen, then the "and a movie" feels like a promise, and star Joel McHale says he is determined to have a "Community" film be made.
"I'm gunning for it. I want to do a movie," McHale tells Zap2it while promoting his new film "Deliver Us From Evil" at WonderCon Anaheim 2014. "There's no reason for us not to make a movie if we can, so we should."
Of course, "Community" Season 6 needs to get picked up first. "I don't know what's going on behind closed doors, believe me. I've said it every interview that I want it to go. They know how I feel about it," McHale says. "I want it to keep going because I love it. ... I hope [NBC head] Bob [Greenblatt] does it. I hope he picks it up."
McHale clearly has put some thought into the hoped-for movie. "Community" also has an arsenal of talented writers and directors who have gone on to helm big hits -- "Captan America: The Winter Soldier's" Joe and Anthony Russo, "Fast & Furious'" Justin Lin, "The Way Way Back's" Jim Rash -- who could help them craft a great feature film.
When it's suggested that "Community" could at least get a TV movie, McHale says, "No, I want it to be as big as 'Avatar.' It should be big, because we have spent the last three years indoors. The show has not gone outside. It's like we're on a space ship, we've been trapped. I want to go outside next year."
"Deliver Us From Evil" is due in theaters on July 2, 2014.
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