Community's Joel McHale explains why a movie is more likely than Season 7

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Jun 26, 2015, 11:55 AM EDT

Considering how close the show has been to cancellation all these years, its hard to believe we've finally made it through the sixth season of cult hit Community. So what comes next?

There's nothing definitive, though Yahoo! seems to still be excited about the property and interested in doing something new. Series star Joel McHale chatted with Esquire about the beloved sitcom, and said he'd expect a movie follow-up to come at some point down the line. Considering the fan mantra of #sixseasonsandamovie, that's not much of a surprise. 

But, since Season 6 was seemingly a solid hit for Yahoo!, they asked McHale if he thought another full-fledged season could be in the works at the comfy confines of Yahoo! Sadly, it doesn't sound all that likely. The big reason: The cast contracts only ran through a sixth year, so they'd need brand new deals for everyone to make a seventh season possible. Considering a lot of these folks are bigger names now than they were when the show started (not to mention some have moved on to other projects) that could be a much more expensive proposition than Season 6.

As for what it'd take to make the movie a reality? McHale told Esquire he thinks the cast would return for one last hoorah, but only if series creator Dan Harmon writes the script:

"I think what has to happen is that Dan [Harmon] needs to write the script. It's a tall order for someone. 'Go write a brilliant movie script on a beloved show that you've been writing for six years. Go! Just go ahead and do that!' I don't think that is something that's like, 'Let me just have a long weekend.' The cast would do it. We would all do it. It might be false optimism, but I really think there will be a [Community] movie. The more people read and talk about it, the more it gets stirred up. I think it'll be bigger than Pitch Perfect 2."

Considering how far the quirky Greendale gang has come all these years, it's hard to count the Human Beings out at this point. Catch your breath, Harmon — it's movie-writing time.

(Via Esquire)