What’s next in store for Rick & Morty? Recently, series co-creator Dan Harmon spoke with Entertainment Weekly about season three of the Adult Swim show.
From Harmon and Justin Roiland, the animated series follows the adventures of Morty and his eccentric scientist grandfather, Rick. The voice cast includes Roiland, Sarah Chalke, Chris Parnell, and Spencer Grammer.
When asked when season three will premiere, Harmon said there’s only a vague date set for now:
It’s vaguely set right now. Third seasons are harder than second seasons, and Rick & Morty has always been harder than other things. Trying to do more episodes this season, trying to keep our game up and even top it, and then you add into that the business of strategy, which is out of our jurisdiction, the most advantageous time a network sees to release a show and that stuff. Between all of those variables, we’re still a while from being able to announce a hard date. What I can say is we’re a solid halfway through writing all the episodes, if we are indeed doing more than 10, and probably less than halfway drawing and animating it.”
One of the challenges, Harmon later added, is that Rick and Morty is not a very profitable show:
If we’re doing it, it’s out of a continuing desire to bridge this gap that I think Justin and I both feel, which is this is the thing we really love doing, but it’s not the thing that pays our mortgage. Adult Swim isn’t Fox, prime time, so how close can R&M get to being The Simpsons, where we actually have a season of 25 episodes? Because if that was somehow possible, that would mean everyone could do Rick & Mortyas their only job, and that would mean all kinds of wonderful things. We’re spending this season trying to figure out if we’re able to do more than we’ve done, and get some data about whether that makes the show worse, how much more expensive it makes it, etc.”
What do you think? Are you a fan of Rick and Morty? Are you looking forward to season three?