Rick and Morty Co-Creator Dan Harmon Heads to Mt. Olympus for His Next Animated Series

Dan Harmon attends the Vulture Festival on November 10, 2019 in Hollywood, California.
Dan Harmon attends the Vulture Festival on November 10, 2019 in Hollywood, California.
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Having thoroughly conquered the galaxy of animated sci-fi comedy with Rick and Morty, Dan Harmon is taking on mythology with a new cartoon set in ancient Greece, set to debut on Fox in 2022.

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The series—which has no title or voice cast—is supposed to center around a “flawed” family of gods, men, and monsters who are also in charge of one of Western civilization’s first cities, according to Variety. Might there be some modern socio-political commentary in a show about uber-powerful, selfish assholes running the world? Let’s ask Michael Thorn, president of entertainment for Fox Entertainment: “Leave it to Dan Harmon to turn the mythos of early Greek civilization into remarkably sharp commentary on today’s politics, celebrity, and pop culture.”

Marketing blurbs aside, as a fan of both Rick and Morty and Greek mythology, I’m pretty darned excited about this. The Greek pantheon is arguably the most dysfunctional family ever conceived, so there’s an incredibly rich mine of material for Harmon to work with. I’ll be ritually sacrificing nine white bulls to Zeus later today in hopes that the show is good.


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DISCUSSION

adamwhitehead01
Adam Whitehead

Given the issues Harmon seems to have cranking out Rick & Morty in a reasonable timeframe, I’m not sure giving him a second show to work on simultaneously is necessarily the best idea.

But I’m generally interested in whatever he does, so will give it a shot.