It’s been almost a decade since movie theaters had a chance to welcome Fox’s animated Simpson family. So does that mean we’re overdue for a sequel to The Simpsons: The Movie?
Three-time Oscar winner James L. Brooks, who’s name has been synonymous with The Simpsons since their 1989 debut, won’t rule it out, telling Latino-Review Media that while he might be busy with the television side (as well as his own film projects, like his coming of age comedy The Edge of Seventeen), don’t count out a return to the silver screen for Homer, Marge, Bart, Lisa and Maggie just yet.
“Fox very much wants us to do another one, and maybe we will. And maybe we won’t. That’s where it is.
“How do we divide our labors, and do we believe in the idea we have? We may go into a more active exploration of a second movie soon.”
The 2007 film, which listed more than a dozen writers and was directed by David Silverman, earned a massive $527.1 million worldwide for Twentieth Century Fox.
In the meantime, The Simpsons are now in their 28th season. When will it ever end?
“Around eight years in, I swear to God this is the truth. It’s an impossible truth to believe, so I say it with a caveat. But the truth is for me, about eight years in, we were going, ‘Where are we going to get another story?’ And then we broke through that and never looked back. For some reason, coming up with stories stopped being hard, and are not hard for us. I don’t know why.
“I don’t know how to explain it. I don’t think we’re repeating ourselves. There’s always Al Jean, who’s our showrunner. He has a massive brain, and he knows everything we’ve done, and he’s always in the room who says, ‘Can’t. We’ve done that,’ and we go on and veer to the right when he says that.
“It’s just very alive and novel. Just the form itself allows us to do that. We had very rigid rules about what we do at the beginning, and every once in a while, we throw out a rule.
“All I know is that we’re not ending now. I know that. I don’t know when we will.”
The Simpsons airs Sundays on Fox.
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