Dan Harmon was asked if Chevy Chase would return for the recently-announced Community movie coming to Peacock, and the series creator joked, “I don’t even know if it’s legal for him to come back.
“That may be out of my hands,” he continued. “Maybe something I sign for with an insurance company, I really don’t know.” On a more serious note, he said, “Everyone wants to know, is so-and-so coming back? I cant really speak to that.”
Harmon and Chase famously disagreed about the direction of the latter’s character Pierce, and Chase used the N-word during at least one heated exchange. Donald Glover, who also starred on the show, has spoken about his many racist interactions with Chase, including being told, “People think you’re funnier because you’re Black.”
The 78-year-old Chase remains unrepentant. When questioned about the Saturday Night Live and Community cast mates who all seemed to hate him, Chase responded, “I don’t care.”
Harmon also clarified details about the Community movie in the new interview. He had previously been reported as a writer on the project alongside Andrew Guest, but he said — possibly joking — “No, I don’t want to do that.”
He added, “I’m working with Andrew Guest — he was a great Community writer in the… I don’t want to say ‘peak’ days… but Andrew was classic Community. He wrote the “Dungeons and Dragons” episode. He’s going to help me make sure I don’t pull a ‘Harmon’ when that script is getting executed, so we can actually deliver it and start executing it.
“We don’t have a director attached and that’s about it,” he said. Check out that portion of the interview below.
The Community movie was announced at the end of September with returning stars Joel McHale, Danny Pudi, Alison Brie, Gillian Jacobs, Jim Rash, and Ken Jeong. No mention was made of Chase, Donald Glover, or Yvette Nicole Brown.
Update: Speaking to Variety, Harmon said he expected that Glover would ultimately join the ensemble. “I think that Donald is coming, based on word of mouth, but it’s just the deal isn’t official or wasn’t official. It would be difficult to really commit to doing this thing without Donald,” he said. “So I believe he is coming back. I think if there’s names missing from a list, it’s because the names that are on the list, their deals are agreed upon enough that it’s OK to say they are on the list, and anybody that’s not on a list, it’s just not the case yet. So there is nothing official about anybody being out.”
That includes Brown, whose Twitter feed has been enthusiastic about the newly-announced film.
Elsewhere in the Harmon-verse, his show Rick and Morty is in the middle of its sixth season. The next episode airs on October 9th.
Dan Harmon on whether Chevy Chase will return for the #Community movie: "I don't even know if it's legal for him to come back." https://t.co/fMXIrHEh47 pic.twitter.com/tk5vhWor8q
— Variety (@Variety) October 7, 2022