It was announced a few days ago that Community had been saved from the brink of destruction, finally achieving the dream of a sixth season, thanks to striking a deal with Yahoo! Screen. Now Sony Pictures Television executive Zack Van Amburg has spoken about finding a home for the sixth season, and of course, the potential movie.
Interviewed by The Hollywood Reporter, Van Amburg spoke of his disappointment that NBC didn’t renew but that it wasn’t a surprise. “We had a series of conversations with NBC,” he explains, “and finally [NBC Entertainment chairman] Bob [Greenblatt], as nicely as he could, said, ‘Stop f–ing calling me about Community!'”
He confirmed that Sony were “so far down the path” in negotiating with Hulu to keep the show alive, and were initially “dismissive” of Yahoo’s pitch. But that the company were “committed to explaining to us and Joel McHale and Dan Harmon why this was going to be a cornerstone of the new Yahoo that they’re about to unveil to the world.”
He also said that he is “less concerned” about finding an audience on the free streaming service than he was in the prime-time slot it was in on NBC, feeling that “strong word-of-mouth and good buzz” will help bring the show to a new audience.
The sixth season was announced just before the deals of the casts expired, so naturally the question is over who is returning, something he addressed. “The hope is that the whole cast is coming back.” Joel McHale is reportedly on board for the new season.
So what about that movie then? When asked about plans beyond this sixth season he replied, “I don’t know, let’s see how our movie does! Isn’t that our plan?” Referencing the ‘Six Seasons and a Movie’ running gag from the show, that has become a dream of the fans. “There’s no way we’re not making the movie now!”
In a more honest answer, Van Amburg admitted that discussions have begun. “I’d be lying if I told you that we have not had some very early and preliminary conversations that are very exciting about what a potential movie could be and who might direct it,” he explains. “It’s early but it’s completely in our thought process.”