As it currently exists, the entertainment industry is amongst the most formidable in the entire country. Incredibly diverse and bolstered by the most creative minds in the world, few industries in the entire world can compete with modern day Hollywood. With that being said though, the entertainment industry is currently in a bit of hot water amidst the SAG-AFTRA strike which began this week that is seeing actors, writers, influencers and so many other individuals at it’s core refuse to work due to unfair treatment. One actor is seemingly much more optimistic about the strike though, with Joel McHalespeaking about the forthcoming Community film in an interview this week and promising eager fans that the budding project will still see the light of day in the near future.
Originally debuting on NBC in 2009, Community saw a diverse collective of college students attempting to take on community college and forming a study group which serves as the basis for the entire series. Alongside McHale, the series also starred a young Donald Glover, Chevy Chase and Alison Brie, amongst many others, and would run for six seasons and a total of 110 episodes before coming to an end in 2015. Now Community is set to hit the big screen as plans for a film have been slowly coming to fruition for a few years now, officially being confirmed late last year and being slated for an official release either this year or the next. However the aforementioned SAG-AFTRA strike has brought production to a halt as the creative minds at Hollywood’s core feel they are not receiving their fair share of the pie, but McHale doesn’t seem to be too worried about the fate of the Community film. In an interview with Screen Rant this week McHale was asked about the project, and the actor spoke was still optimistic: “Obviously now with this strike, which I am 100 percent behind, because it’s time, we were going to shoot the Community movie, but that’s going to be delayed, but we’re still making it. We are still going to make it, it will just be a little bit delayed.” Fans have been anticipating the Community film for the better part of if not an entire decade, and while this very likely isn’t the news they wanted to hear, it should still be reassuring to hear one of the stars of the film ensure that the project is very much still in the works amidst the work stoppage in Hollywood.
“Six seasons and a movie” has become a running joke amongst Community fans since the series ended eight years ago, and it set the community ablaze when the film was officially confirmed last year. It’s simply poor timing that the SAG-AFTRA strike would take place right when the film was set to begin filming, according to McHale, but the strike won’t last forever. When it does, we will certainly receive another update regarding the fate of the Community film and eager fans should remain on the lookout.