No Simpsons Movie Sequel?

Published 4 years ago by , Updated March 9th, 2013 at 1:39 pm,

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Apparently making The Simpsons Movie while simultaneaously cranking out the TV series was so exhausting for showrunners Matt Groening and Al Jean that they’ve sworn off doing a sequel to the film at least until the show finally wraps for good – an end date that is (somehow) still undetermined at this point.

Basically, what I’m saying is: No Simpsons Movie 2 for the forseeable future.

Groening and Jean were being interviewed by documentary filmmaker Morgan Spurlock (Super Size Me) at a key note event for the Mipcom sales mart, where Groening and Jean will be receiving a Creative Icon Award. Spurlock is also directing the upcoming special, The Simpsons 20th Anniversary Special in 3D on Ice, which will examine the cultural impact the show has had during its two-decade plus run on TV. The special airs in January.

Here’s what Groening had to say about another Simpsons movie:

“It took 18 years to get around to doing the movie…We got very frustrated. We thought it would take two years but it ended up taking four. Some day maybe we’ll do another one — but don’t hold your breath.”

“We cannot predict the end [of the show] because we can’t believe we are still here today.”

Great.

I am a longtime Simpsons fanboy; everything I know about the world or pop culture I learned as a boy watching tapes of Simpsons episodes I’d recorded. I’ve stuck by the show nearly all of these two-plus decades – long after many others declared it dead. And I was there opening day, first showing, for The Simpsons Movie.

But man… I’ve been watching these new episodes this season and I’ve finally hit the wall: it’s time for this once-great show to be put out to pasture. South Park and Seth MacFarlane’s still-growing Family Guy empire have come on the scene, and Homer and Bart have been left gathering dust. In fact, the truth of this matter was properly skewered in South Park‘s now-classic two-part “Cartoon Wars” episode.

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To hear Groening and Jean talking this way makes me think they have the total wrong idea about all this: Guys, it’s really time for The Simpsons to be off TV and for the focus to be turned toward giving us, the public, the fans, a few good installments of some feature films. That’s just my opinion, I realize, but I’m sticking to it like glue.

According to Al Jean, The Simpsons TV show is contracted for two more seasons, and after that…

The Simpsons 20th Anniversary Special in 3D on Ice will air on Fox Thursday, January 14, 2010.

Source: Variety

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  1. The movie was so so. Not nearly as bad as what’s on TV now, I tuned in to an episode the other day out of sheer boredom/curiosity and switched over after about 2 minutes. For me, season 9 was the turning point where it all started going downhill (Skinner isn’t really Skinner… yeah). I’d say seasons 4 through 8 were the golden years.

    As you say, they need to let it die. It’s too late for them to go out on a high note, or to leave with dignity, but they may as well just finish it off and be done with it.

  2. The movie good the first time, but after that it was just awful.

  3. Loved the Simpsons for so long, but yes, getting tiresome. The movie was good but really not up to their standard.

    I’d still rather watch a bad Simpsons than most other comedies, but a shame to see them slipping.
    Think the first one I lost it with was the one co-written by Ricky Gervais. Just didn’t work for me.

    So not disappointed in no sequel, but stopping the tv show to work on one could be a good idea.

  4. @Kofi Outlaw
    very interesting idea on bringing out films instead of the series.

    I’l admit the show has lost its way and it’s a shame that the franchise is losing it’s fan support
    (ofcourse they only have themselves to blame for that)
    I agree the show needs to stop – not indefinitly but atleast a hiatus should be considered.

    personally I think they should stick to bringing out special’s instead, theyre bringing out atleast 22 episodes per season about once a year, ofcourse there tired of doing it, ofcourse there struggling for jokes & originallity.
    They should bring out perhaps 6 episodes each year – maybe even jst 1 a year. it would also grab the audiences attention
    again & hopefully it would be alot funnier.
    I know I could get behind that as apose to them literally trying to get blood from a stone in finding original storylines.

    ask for a sequel I have no idea what they could make it about
    I dont think the Movie was that bad…I mean did anybody see season 18? It was a right MESS,
    I grew up with the simpsons. I want to see it go Gracefully

  5. Translation, “we’ve got enough money…”

  6. I want to see the next generation!

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