About a month ago, when Mystery Science Theater 3000 creator Joel Hodgson announced a Kickstarter campaign to fund the first new episodes of the series in more than 15 years, we got excited simply because one of our favorite shows was coming back. At the time, because Hodgson noted a desire to merge the old and new -- which would include a new host and new Mads to torment the Satellite of Love -- we really didn't know what this new show would look like, even if we were just itching to see it.
In the weeks since, Hodgson has dropped several announcements about his new MST3K cast, which now includes new host Jonah Ray and new Mads Felicia Day and Patton Oswalt (as TV's Son of TV's Frank). Clearly, Hodgson knows what we nerds like in front of the camera, but what about behind the camera? Well, today a new wave of announcements proved that the show's writers will be just as nerdy as the onscreen talent.
The Wrap reports that Hodgson has brought on a team of new "guest writers" for his revival that includes Community creator Dan Harmon, The Kingkiller Chronicle author Patrick Rothfuss, Ready Player One author Ernest Cline, and more. Other names joining the staff include Rick and Morty co-creator Justin Roiland, Harmon's Monster House and Community collaborator Rob Schrab, Sabrina the Teenage Witch creator Nell Scovell, comedian Dana Gould, nerdy musical wizards Paul & Storm, and EGOT winner Robert Lopez, who co-wrote the songs for the Disney blockbuster Frozen. That's a hell of a lineup.
Right now, the Kickstarter campaign for the project sits at just over $4 million, guaranteeing at least nine new episodes of the series. Hodgson's ultimate goal is $5.5 million, which would fund 12 episodes, and the campaign has until Friday to raise the extra cash. No doubt the news of this writing staff will give the project a boost, but if you still haven't helped push the project over the funding edge, you can head to the Kickstarter page HERE.
(Via The Wrap)