This past Sunday at 'The Cast of Community On Moving To Digital' panel held in Austin, Texas at the 2015 SXSW Music, Film + Interactive Festival, [Community](series:714858) cast members Joel McHale, Alison Brie, Gillian Jacobs, Ken Jeong, Paget Brewster, and Jim Rash, as well as creator Dan Harmon discussed their future with digital content provider, Yahoo.
Dan Harmon had a pretty tongue-in-cheek comment about the possibility of a feature film, which would obviously be awesome:
“Yahoo seems down for just about anything. I don’t know why they’d turn their nose up to a movie about a low-rated show. They seem to be very naive.”
It sounds like it's been a pretty good relationship for both the show and Yahoo. There's currently a war going on in the digital content space... it's unclear who is going to win out, but if I were a betting man, I would be pretty confident that Yahoo wants the [Community Movie](movie:1296454). Anything that can help them compete with Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, etc would be huge!
I also think this is a good start on the way to feature films being released in a streaming format digitally. I don't think we're too far off from films being released on some platform other than a movie theater, accessible from home. I think for action films and blockbusters, it'll still be a draw to go see it in theaters, but otherwise, being able to watch on one's own terms seems ideal.
I think the Community Movie could be a good trial run for Yahoo. They'd have that diehard fan-base on board, but they could also pick up some new viewers who aren't fully caught up with the show. If it was funny, it could very easily be a standalone piece of content that even casual fans of the show (or people who have never seen the show) would watch.
Would you watch the Community movie?