Get schwifty, Rick and Morty fans – show co-creator Dan Harmon has given an update on that long-awaited Kanye West episode he and Justin Roiland originally floated last year.
The animated Adult Swim show is the US rapper’s favourite TV show, and when Rick and Morty renewed for a fourth season, West said he’d watched every episode at least five times – a definite achievement in a pre-lockdown world. Roiland told The Blast that Yeezy is “a kindred spirit, genius, [and] visionary” before Harmon added “I’m giving him an episode, I’m making it official.”
Now, chatting to MSNBC, Harmon’s given another update on where things are at – when it comes to making the Kanye episode a reality, only “time will tell,” he says.
“I think that when Kanye signs on, as he did, to do an episode, it’s not just gonna be Kanye doing a guest voice or Kanye doing a song,” the Rick and Morty co-creator said. “We agreed that it needed to be really interwoven with the Rick and Morty franchise having its own integrity and Kanye having his own, without spoiling any details of what that story would be.”
“Suffice it to say that the end result was going to be a lot of original music,” he added. “I think that at that point, that’s when seven different corporations, and I don’t fault them for this because this is their job, they have to say, ‘Whoa, whoa, whoa, wait a minute. Slow down psychos.’ It’s like, ‘What are you doing?’”
Harmon said that he’s already met with West to discuss potential plotlines for the episode, describing him as an “incredible listener”. Ye was drawn to Rick and Morty, he said, because of the “guilty fantasy that we are the smartest one in the room. That we know better, that we have bigger fish to fry and that we’re surrounded by people that don’t get it.”
And that’s the way the news goes!