With fans of Adult Swim‘s Rick and Morty now having an end month (date soon?) to look forward to after WarnerMedia’s 2019 May Upfronts saw Dan Harmon and Justin Roiland announce that their hit animated series would officially return November 2019, the excitement is starting to grow. From just the Upfronts alone, there was the announcement about season 4 with an accompanying video (see below), and red carpet interviews with Harmon and Roiland that teased (jokingly?) a Rick and Morty future with Daniel Radcliffe and Kanye West in it. In late June, Adult Swim announced a second addition of its two-day festival in Los Angeles – which will be of particular interest to fans (more below).
Now, with only days to go before the show’s panel appearance at Comic-Con International: San Diego (SDCC) (and a day after two images from the upcoming season were released), the creators of Rick and Morty sat down with Entertainment Weekly for their very first season 4 interview. Highlights? Of course!
● Season 4 will consist of 10 episodes – and work on season 5 is already underway. Which means…
● Harmon reassures fans that the wait between season 3 & 4 will be the last long wait of that type between seasons:
“I think it’s safe to say without fear of being wrong that the gap between seasons 3 and 4 will be the longest and last time that it’s ever so long that it’s ridiculous. I don’t know how fast we can do it, but I know it will never be this long again. There were so many things that had to be settled before we even started season 4, and it’s really safe to say — as Justin says — we’re literally writing season 5 while finishing season 4 just to force ourselves to commit to a certain schedule. Not to get anyone’s hopes up, but it is structured into our deal that if we’re going strong and fast there are options to deliver more episodes at a time. Adult Swim can say, “These are on time and great. Do you want to do more instead of taking a break?” And we can then do more. I’d like to see that day. Just knowing it’s possible makes me eager for it. I feel like a naughty boy when I’m late.”
● As for how the creative process flowed this season, Roiland feels very optimistic:
“We want every episode to be good. There are times we’re like, “Okay, this one will be the worst of the season,” and we’re still compelled to do everything in our power to fix what we think is wrong with it. It could be considered one of the reasons the show takes so long. When we get the episodes back in color, it’s easy to see if that we cut this and add that, it will elevate this episode significantly. Sometimes we get them back and are like, “We need to roll our sleeves up and figure this out.” This season’s been good. Pretty excited about this season.”
● Roiland offered a very interesting response when asked how the season and episodes are structured – and it sounds like we’re getting more “overarching mythology”!
“Without giving anything away, we have serialized stuff we check in on now and then that’s sprinkled over the top of strong episodic episodes. To fans of the show, they’re going to want to watch them in order.”
● Along with “a couple Meeseeks popping up here and there,” we will also have guest voices from Paul Giamatti, Sam Neil, Taika Waititi, and Kathleen Turner.
● Looks like we also have a Kanye West update, with Roiland still keeping the door open:
“We’re trying to schedule something. It’s not going to be for this batch coming up. But we love the idea of doing something with him. It’s just a discussion of what exactly that is, and then sitting down and talking with him. He had to reschedule, and then we had to reschedule. We need to sit down and chat about it. But it’s a very sincere and legitimate offer when we threw that out.”
Here’s a look at what SDCC attendees can expect from the Friday, July 19th sessions:
[adult swim] “Rick and Morty”
Friday, July 19, 2019 / 1 p.m. – 1:45 p.m. / Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront
Wubba lubba dub dub! The Emmy Award–winning series Rick and Morty is back for a highly anticipated fourth season, premiering November on Adult Swim. Executive producers and co-creators Dan Harmon (Community) and Justin Roiland (Adventure Time), and voice talent Spencer Grammer (Greek), Sarah Chalke (Scrubs). and Chris Parnell (Archer) invite fans to take a look at what they have cooking for the new season. Moderated by Rob Schrab (Creepshow, Community).
Fans of Rick and Morty who plan on being in the Los Angeles area in mid-November have a chance at a very cool opportunity. The Adult Swim Festival (Friday, November 15 and Saturday, November 16 at Banc Of California Stadium in Los Angeles, California) will feature an exclusive, premiere screening of Rick and Morty‘s fourth season (though no word yet on if Dan Harmon and/or Justin Roiland will make an appearance).
Speaking of Season 4…
In May 2018, Roiland took to Twitter to officially announce that the series had been renewed by Adult Swim – and what a renewal it was! We weren’t talking ten… twenty… even fifty episodes. Oh no, this order was for a whopping seventy episodes– which increases the chances of there being a Noob Noob solo episode that much more.
— Justin Roiland (@JustinRoiland) May 10, 2018
Not to be left out of the celebration, Harmon released his own shower-themed announcement and offered good tidings to the fans:
If anyone at the time thought Adult Swim had any doubts about their decision, the network cleared that up pretty quickly:
— [adult swim] (@adultswim) May 10, 2018