After nearly two decades of unprecedented success, the pop culture phenomenon known as The Simpsons finally got its long-expected chance at the silver screen. The Simpsons Movie opened in theaters during the summer of 2007 and blew away expectations after raking in well over half a billion dollars at the worldwide box office on a $75 million production budget.
So, how does a film based on a long-running franchise, which earned very positive reviews and fans new and old, on top of a hefty profit margin, not get a sequel greenlit? Well, according to James L. Brooks, Simpsons executive producer, they’re definitely open to it, but that the first one was tough to make.
Our pal Ed Douglas at Coming Soon has the exclusive after chatting with Brooks and bringing up the success of The Simpsons Movie.
“We’re open to it… It was much harder than we anticipated. It took us a year to try and get to the point because we’re all so scared of ‘What are we going to do to the Simpsons’ and ‘What if the movie is no good?’ We were all so scared about that and I thought it took us a solid year of looking at each other to get to the point where we can get to the point where we don’t give a sh*t… It was a huge success and we’re very open to it and we have a beginning notion if we want to do it, but the series always comes first with us. The series is always primary to us.”
It took years and years for creator Matt Groening and the producers The Simpsons to finalize a script and plan to bring Homer, Marge, Bart, Lisa, Maggie and the rest of our favorite cartoon characters from the nuclear-powered town of Springfield to the life of movie stars. And in the end we got a movie which worked for new viewers and brought back fans of old to one of the greatest cartoons ever made.
A sequel is certainly warranted but I can understand the trepidation of creating a sequel which needs to live up to and surpass its predecessor. More to the point, I respect the Brooks’ statement about their devotion to the show first and that its the people behind the show that need to be involved with the movie, should there be a second some day.
If The Simpsons Movie 2 becomes a reality, what could the story be about?
Source: Coming Soon