Sony TV exec on ‘Community’: ‘There’s no way we’re not making the movie now!’

06.30.14 3 years ago

Sony TV exec on “Community”: “There's no way we're not making the movie now!”
Zack Van Amburg, who”s in charge of Sony Pictures Television”s programming and production, recalls the negotiations with Hulu and says the Yahoo deal came out of the blue — a deal that should pave the way for the ultimate goal of six seasons and a movie. “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 says. “It's early but it's completely in our thought process.” PLUS: Joel McHale got some “Fresh Air” today.

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