The executive producer and showrunner on The Simpsons, Al Jean, says The Simpsons Movie 2 is still in development. The Simpsons was created by Matt Groening and has been on the air since 1989. The show features the animated Simpsons family, Homer, Marge, Bart, Lisa, and Maggie, and some clever humor that made it hugely popular, cementing itself as part of the cultural zeitgeist. Now in season 33 with over 700 episodes, The Simpsons easily holds the title for the longest-running primetime scripted show in history. Over the years, The Simpsons has earned 34 Emmy Awards, and their 2012 short, The Longest Daycare, even nabbed them an Oscar nomination.

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The Simpsons Movie was released in 2007 featuring the same cast of characters fans had come to love. The plot saw the Simpsons becoming fugitives following Homer polluting the town’s water supply, which resulted in the town being encased in an enormous glass dome. The film garnered favorable reviews from both audiences and critics on its way to over $530 million at the worldwide box office. The Simpsons Movie was a massive success, as the budget was $75 million, which saw the studio and audiences asking for a sequel, but that has never come to fruition. However, there may still be hope for another Simpsons movie.

While speaking with NME, Jean mentioned that The Simpsons Movie 2 could still happen, saying, “we have an idea.” Jean elaborated on his time working on the first film and the show simultaneously, stating that “it nearly killed the animators.” However, it seems like Jean and the other executives have been contemplating things for a while as he said they were debating whether another film would work better in theaters or on a streaming service. Jean didn’t mention any details about what the potential sequel may entail, though there seems to be a clear idea being developed by the writers. Check out Jean’s comments below:

“We’re cursed by high ratings. We’re still on the air as a TV show and that takes up a lot of time. I worked on the [first] movie simultaneous to the show, and it nearly killed the animators. But we have an idea, it’s just that we’re waiting to see what the environment is. Do we want to do it as a streamer? In theatres? Animation has been the slowest to come back to theatres. But now that [ages] five and up are getting vaccinated [in America], the business might resume. We’re in a wait-and-see mode. But there’s definitely the germ of something there.”

Jean’s debate over theaters versus streaming does pose interesting problems. The Simpsons Movie was so profitable at the box office that heading to theaters with the sequel could net the studio similar returns. However, the current state of movie theaters working to bounce back from the COVID pandemic makes box office success more troublesome, though Jean’s comments about being cursed by high ratings mean the audience is still there. With The Simpsons now streaming on Disney+, a valid argument could be made for a sequel to debut on the streaming service where it could bring in numerous subscribers, though Jean previously has stated that he doesn’t want a streaming-only release for the film.

The Simpsons has flourished on Disney+, which offers the first 32 seasons, The Simpsons Movie, and various shorts. Their recent short, The Good, the Bart, and the Loki, even worked to promote fellow Disney+ series, Loki. Season 33 of The Simpsons is currently airing on FOX, and if development continues, The Simpsons Movie 2 could finally be making its way to audiences.

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Source: NME

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