Zack Snyder almost helped get “Rick and Morty” to the big screen.
According to series creator Dan Harmon, the “Justice League” helmer offered to assist greenlighting a feature-length take on the animated show at Warner Bros.
“Not him saying, ‘I get to do it,’ or anything like that,” Harmon clarified to The Hollywood Reporter. “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 joked, “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.”
As for the story of a possible “Rick and Morty” film, Harmon said, “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. 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, “It’s best that way, because I don’t think it should be this canonical thing that relies on the series to do things and changes everything after that. I think it should actually be the equivalent of ‘Raiders of the Lost Ark,’ where the idea was, ‘Hey, Indiana Jones already exists as a series in George Lucas’ imagination, so ‘Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark’ is simply his greatest adventure yet.”
Harmon continued that he would be open to a different animation style for a potential movie, saying, “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.”
Harmon previously told THR that prior to the WGA strike, Warner Bros. approached him about a “Rick and Morty” feature film similar to a “super episode” approach that the “South Park” movie had.
The seventh season of “Rick and Morty” is premiering October 15 on Adult Swim. Co-creator and voice actor Justin Roiland is no longer affiliated with the series after being accused of sexual misconduct and assault; a 2020 domestic violence charge against Roiland was dismissed in March 2023.