Rick and Morty co-creator Dan Harmon has landed a new show on Apple TV+.
The Wrap reports that the streaming service has ordered Strange Planet from Harmon (who is also the brains behind Community).
Strange Planet is adapted from Nathan Pyle’s web comic and graphic novels of the same name and is described as a “whimsical and comical” series that “tells profound and heartfelt stories about beings on a distant planet not unlike our own”.
The show will be produced by Apple Studios and animation studio and production house ShadowMachine, which most recently worked on BoJack Horseman.
Amalia Levari, who won a Primetime Creative Arts Emmy for her work on Cartoon Network’s Over the Garden Wall, will serve as showrunner.
Meanwhile, Rick and Morty’s fifth season debuted last month in the US with one major change, with the new episodes feeling less standalone than their predecessors.
Explaining the change, Harmon told Digital Spy and other press: “It’s really weird in animation because obviously Morty has to be 14 forever. Summer is 17 forever. Rick is whatever he is forever.
“So that question becomes like: do your characters grow and change? I’m firmly against that reset-button-hitting where there’s no awareness present. I look at it as like smoking meat versus cooking it. You kind of let the flavour of itself happen, and let that change things.
“I’m sure if you watched Abbott and Costello throughout their career of putting their act together, there would probably be these refinements to Costello’s character or something where they might internally in the greenroom at a vaudeville theatre go, ‘No, I like it that Costello’s getting a little pissed at a certain point. He’s being talked down to by Abbott,'” he continued.
“They kind of refine it. The age of the bit, it kind of seasons the characters.
“Morty is getting sick of Rick’s crap. He should. We wouldn’t want to watch him wake up every day and go, ‘I wonder what my loving grandpa has planned for me?'”
Rick and Morty airs on Adult Swim in the US, and on E4 and All 4 in the UK.