Rick and Morty Co-Creator Justin Roiland is Making a Hulu Show

It's a new sci-fi comedy from Justin Roiland and Rick and Morty writer Mike McMahan.

Three years ago, the co-creator of Rick and Morty  and voice of both Rick and Morty, Justin Roiland, started tweeting a bunch of concept art for a new sci-fi animated comedy called Solar Oppositeshe said was in development with 20th Century Fox. Not to toot my own horn, but I do believe Den of Geek was the first place to report on it, because I just so happened to be home on a Friday night and on Twitter. Sad!

At the time, Rick and Morty writer and co-creator of the new series, Mike McMahan, was quite incensed with Roiland, who he didn’t want sharing this stuff. It wasn’t final art and Roiland was breaking the rules of TV show pitching, McMahan protested. “Get with it you rocking pig!” replied Roiland, in an iMessage screenshot.

Nothing else was heard about the show after that, until now. The series, still titled Solar Opposites(because how are you going to land on a better name than that?) has now been picked up for a 16-episode order on Hulu (via Deadline). It’s going to be a sitcom about an alien family who leave their world and settle in middle America.

There’s not much more info on the series yet. Writing on it won’t even start until October, after all. We do know so far that Roiland, not unexpectedly, will play two roles: Terry and Korvo. Sean Giambrone (The Goldbergsand, erm, The Emoji Movie) will voice Yumyulack. Mary Mack (a comedian who voiced Dylan in the first season of Golan the Insatiable, for those of you who’ve seen that) will be the voice of Jesse.

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There’s not yet any new information on the characters or series’ premise, so there’s no telling how different everything will be compared to Roiland’s initial tweets about the series. However, it is interesting to note that the character names haven’t changed.

Another animated sci-fi comedy from two Rick and Mortyalums to air while 70 new episodes of Rick and Morty are still on the way might seem a little redundant. However, I feel the apparent absence of Rick and Mortyco-creator Dan Harmon on this project will be very significant. Harmon is the conventional sitcom plotter who provides structure to Roiland’s gross and disturbing madness. I can’t say I know how Mike McMahan approaches TV show writing, but it’s probably fair to say the mix of these two guys’ creative sensibilities will result in quite a different product.

When will Solar Opposites premiere? Who the hell knows! It took three freaking years just for someone to pick the damn thing up!

Joe Matar watches a lot of cartoons and a lot of sitcoms. He’s obsessed with story structure so that’s what all his reviews are about. Joe also writes about video games on occasion. He has an MA in English if you can believe it. Read more of his work here. Follow Joe on Twitter for more fun @joespirational!