‘Doctor Strange’ Taps ‘Rick and Morty’ Co-Creator Dan Harmon For Last-Minute Script Work
Doctor Strange is set to hit theaters in a couple of months, but it looks like there’s still a little work left to do on Marvel’s latest superhero outing. The studio is reportedly receiving some assistance from a (pleasantly) surprising source, as Community creator Dan Harmon has been hired to help write some last-minute scenes for the upcoming film.
Harmon is best known as the creator of the NBC college sitcom Community and co-creator of the hit animated series Rick and Morty, which wouldn’t exactly make him the most obvious choice for a superhero film. But THR’s report on Harmon’s last-minute involvement with Doctor Strange isn’t entirely surprising — Marvel favorites Joe and Anthony Russo helmed 21 episodes and served as executive producers on Harmon’s NBC series before landing the directing gig on Captain America: The Winter Soldier.
Per THR’s report, Harmon was brought in during post-production to write material for “additional photography,” though it’s unclear if what he’s scripting is for reshoots or if he’s writing new scenes entirely (or possibly a mid- or post-credits sequence). Harmon’s film experience includes uncredited script work on Kung Fu Panda and a co-writing credit on Monster House. He also served as executive producer on Anomalisa, last year’s acclaimed stop-motion animated drama from Charlie Kaufman and Duke Johnson.
Given Harmon’s late-stage involvement, it’s possible that Marvel is looking to add more humor to Doctor Strange, a mystical adventure that will introduce Benedict Cumberbatch as the titular Sorcerer Supreme. Scott Derrickson directed the film based on a script he co-wrote with Sinister scribe C. Robert Cargill. Jon Spaihts (Prometheus) wrote the original screenplay and will receive “story by” credit.
Doctor Strange also stars Tilda Swinton, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Mads Mikkelsen, Rachel McAdams and Michael Stuhlbarg, and hits theaters on November 4.