As the Kickstarter campaign for the new Mystery Science Theater 3000 heads into its final hours, series creator Joel Hodgson has been amping up the reveals and rewards for the revived series. In the project's latest update, Hodgson named several of the members of the writing staff for the new show, including Dan Harmon and Justin Roiland (Rick and Morty), Ernie Cline (Ready Player One) and Dana Gould (The Simpsons).
They will serve as guest writers for the series, which currently has generated enough funding to produce nine episodes of a proposed twelve. Other writers who will be contributing to the project include several from the original series' staff, including Rob Schrab (the director of the next Lego movie) and Paul Chaplin, who wrote 144 episodes of the previous show.
Also taking part in the revival project is Robert Lopez, the Tony- and Oscar-winning songwriter of Avenue Q and Frozen. Lopez will be contributing original songs to the new Mystery Science Theater.
A few of these staffers are lending their star power to the campaign's rewards, too. Hodgson has added new incentives for backers involving Harmon and Roiland, including a $5,000 (or more) dinner with the pair plus Hodgson or the considerably cheaper $499 voicemail recording, in which Roiland will don his Rick and Morty voices.
Many of the names above will take part in the Final Countdown, a live telethon that Hodgson will host this Friday in honor of the Kickstarter's final day. The campaign has already made more than $4.4 million with the hopes of reaching $5.5 million by the end of the day on Dec. 11.