Shortly before the debut of the seventh season of Rick and Morty, creator Dan Harmon shared details regarding a secret meeting with none other than filmmaker Zack Snyder about bringing a potential Rick and Morty movie to the big screen! Speaking to The Hollywood Reporter, Harmon revealed that Snyder once brought him to Warner Bros. Pictures to talk about a potential film!
It turns out that Snyder is actually a huge fan of the Rick and Morty animated series, and he wanted to help Harmon bring a movie version to the big screen.
ZACK SNYDER WANTED TO BRING A RICK AND MORTY MOVIE TO THE BIG SCREEN
Harmon said that his meeting with Snyder was not about Snyder pitching to direct the film but helping make the movie happen. Harmon stated, “Not him saying, ‘I get to do it,’ or anything like that. He was totally a super fan and was just like, ‘Is there any way I can help get that movie started by using my Snyder-ness?'”
Harmon then joked about the idea, “So, the Rick and Morty movie is coming as soon as Zack Snyder gets back from his vacation because I want to start with a Snyder cut of that movie and then I want to do the director’s cut of a Snyder cut release, so we can just have a six-hour Rick and Morty movie and three hours of it is in black and white.”
So before anyone gets too excited, it looks like there isn’t any serious movement about Snyder executive producing or shepherding the film at Warner Bros. However, it is pretty interesting that Snyder is a big fan and wanted to help Harmon in getting the movie done. That had to have felt good that such a famous and well-known director wanted to offer his assistance.
Now aside from the jokes, Harmon does want the series to make the trip to the big screen at some point. According to THR, Harmon had one conversation with Warner Bros. executives about a potential film. In this meeting, Snyder was not present, and Harmon stated, “It felt like maybe it was time to get the ball rolling.” It should be noted that there’s no outline or script in place for the upcoming film. However, Harmon does reportedly believe that the team and Warner Bros. are all on the same page about how a film version should move forward.
Regarding his idea for the movie, it sounds like Harmon would want to make a big adventure for Rick Sanchez and Morty Smith. He continued, “My philosophy would be to just take a Rick and Morty adventure, and spend a bunch of extra money on it, and make it 90 minutes long.” The writer, producer, and showrunner went on, “Not to try to earn its feature status by virtue of canonical dramatic tone shifts or anything like that, but rather to just make it a super badass episode of Rick and Morty.”
Harmon added on the potential film, “I think less is more there because then we can let our animators go nuts, and the animation can be fancier and there can be crazy sequences and stuff.” The creator would want the film to preferably happen while the show is still ongoing, comparing it to Raiders of the Lost Ark. It would simply be another serialized adventure for these characters, but it would be one of their biggest adventures yet.
Rick and Morty recently debuted its seventh season, with new voice actors in the starring roles of the titular characters. Ian Cardoni is the new voice of Rick, and Harry Belden is the voice of Morty, replacing previous co-creator Justin Roiland. Adult Swim cut ties with Roiland earlier after allegations of domestic violence against him surfaced. Harmon remained on the show, and Scott Marder was recently promoted to series showrunner.
In 2018, Adult Swim opted to give the series a huge order of 70 episodes of the series. That’s enough episodes for the series to run through Season 10. According to THR, two of the expected several remaining seasons that have been ordered have mostly already been written. Harmon credited the process that’s been organized for the series and the new showrunner with how well things are working now.
As far as the movie goes, it definitely appears that things are on the right track. Something that would be connected to the series, but would basically be a big-budget extended episode is probably a good idea. It sounds like it would be something similar to the theatrical films of Rugrats or even South Park.
Rick and Morty Season 7 is currently airing on Adult Swim. New episodes debut on Sunday nights.
About Rick and Morty Season 7
Release Date: October 15, 2023
Directed by: Lucas Gray, Kyounghee Lim
Head Writer: Scott Marder
Executive Producers: Dan Harmon, Scott Marder, Steve Levy, Albro Lundy, and James Siciliano
Production: Williams Street; Adult Swim; Warner Bros. Discovery
Distribution: Adult Swim
Cast: Ian Cardoni, Harry Belden, Spencer Grammer, Chris Parnell, Sarah Chalke, Kari Wahlgren, John Allen, Dan Harmon, Keith David, and Tom Kenny
Rick and Morty are back and sounding more like themselves than ever! It’s season seven, and the possibilities are endless: what’s up with Jerry? EVIL Summer?! And will they ever go back to the high school?! Maybe not! But let’s find out! There’s probably less piss than last season. “Rick and Morty,” 100 years! Or at least until season 10!
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SOURCE: The Hollywood Reporter