Earlier this month, Mystery Science Theater 3000 creator Joel Hodgson unveiled his Kickstarter campaign for a reboot of the beloved series. In just a few short weeks, the campaign has raised $3.4 million, enough to fund six new episodes, while the creator has announced several new cast members. Yesterday, Joel Hodgson posted another update on his Kickstarter page, unveiling the final cast member, Patton Oswalt, who is playing the new Evil Henchman.
The new Henchman will be called TV's Son of TV's Frank, the son of TV's Frank from the original series. He joins a cast that includes new host Jonah Ray, Felicia Day as the new Mad Scientist, Kinga Forrester, Dr. Forrester's daughter, Hampton Yount as Crow T. Robot and Baron Vaughn as Tom Servo. In addition to this role, Patton Oswalt will also serve as one of the show's "guest writers." Here's what Joel Hodgson had to say about bringing Patton Oswalt on board.
"When I started putting together my dream roster of special 'guest writers' for the next season of MST3K, the idea of Patton kept coming back to me. I knew he was a Mystery Science Theater fan from way back - he even moderated our 20th Anniversary Reunion panel at San Diego Comic-Con--and I thought he'd be terrific at writing riffs. Then I started to wonder if he might be a good fit on camera, too. Remember last week, how I said my creative process usually starts with visuals, and then I work backward? Well, in this case, I first imagined Patton dressed up like TV's Frank. I figured maybe he'd be Frank's son, or at least a clone. But yeah: the idea of Patton wearing black lab assistant's garb, with a big mound of silver hair and a spitcurl...? It was just really funny to me, in a visual / cross-referential / meta kind of way."
The Mystery Science Theater 3000 Kickstarter campaign has just 10 days left, and they currently 60% funded, $2 million short of their $5.5 million goal. If the campaign raises $4.4 million, episodes 7 through 9 will be unlocked, with a full season of 12 episodes coming if they reach $5.5 million. You can check out the Kickstarter page to learn more about the projects and the rewards for contributing.
Patton Oswalt has most recently appeared in Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and Veep, while providing narration for ABC's The Goldbergs. He also voices a number of different characters on Netflix's Bojack Horseman, and he will next be seen on the big screen in The Confirmation with Clive Owen and The Circle with Tom Hanks. What do you think about Patton Oswalt joining the Mystery Science Theater 3000 reboot?