"Six seasons and a movie" has been Community fans' rallying cry ever since Abed (Danny Pudi) uttered that now-famous line in a Season 2 episode, while referencing NBC's short-lived series The Cape. But will the movie actually happen? As NBC executives currently mull the fate of Community's sixth and final season, TV Guide reports that Justin Lin (Fast Five, Fast & Furious 6) is being eyed to direct the feature.
Nothing is set in stone at this time, but the directorial choice would make sense, since Justin Lin directed three Season 1 episodes, the popular "paintball" episode "Modern Warfare", "Interpretive Dance" and "Introduction to Statistics".
Even if Justin Lin isn't available, the show has used several other feature directors throughout its five-season run, such as Captain America: The Winter Soldier's Anthony Russo and Joe Russo. The brothers had previously served as executive producers on the series, with the latter directing last week's "Advanced Dungeons and Dragons". Other notable filmmakers who have directed episodes include Jay Chandrasekhar (Super Troopers), Seth Gordon (Horrible Bosses), Anthony Hemingway (Red Tails) and Richard Ayoade (The Double).
Insiders claim that NBC and Sony Pictures Television are optimistic about a renewal for a sixth and final 13-episode season of Community, and even if NBC doesn't pick it up, Sony plans on shopping the sixth season to outlets such as Hulu, which retains digital rights for the series.
"The movie part is the movie part. I mean, if they do a sixth season, I have to participate. And having done that, if the movie has to be made out of clay and duct tape in my basement, then that's how the movie will be made, because there has to be closure. The title of the book about the show is not 'Community, An Interesting Journey into a Show No One Ever Watched.' The title of the book is obviously going to be, "Six Seasons and a Movie." So it's already over. Sometimes our hands are just tied up in fate."
While it isn't known when NBC will make a final decision regarding Community's fate, the last few episodes of Season 5 next month will leave several story threads open. The two-part finale, "Basic Story" and "Basic Sandwich", airing on Thursday, April 10 and Thursday, April 17, follows the group's discovery that Subway plans on buying Greendale Community College and turning it into Subway University. The episodes feature Jeff (Joel McHale) getting a job offer from the sandwich chain and Dean Pelton (Jim Rash) revealing a secret about the school's first dean (guest star Chris Elliott) to Annie (Alison Brie) and Abed (Danny Pudi), which could save the school, while Jeff and Britta (Gillian Jacobs) make a decision about their future.
Several TV shows have tried and failed to bring their brand to the big screen, such as 24 and Heroes, both of which opted for limited series, although Veronica Mars fans helped make that movie a reality through the crowd-funding platform Kickstarter.