2007’s The Simpsons Movie was an enormous success. Critics and fans generally enjoyed it, while it made a gargantuan $527 million against a reported budget of $75 million. So why hasn’t there been a sequel? It’s a topic that has come up a number of times over the years, and it did so again at San Diego Comic-Con this weekend. Simpsons creator Matt Groening said during a panel that it was a tremendously difficult challenge to make the movie, and it’s not something that the production team wanted to rush back into right away.
“The first Simpsons movie killed us,” Groening explained, as reported by IGN. The reason for that was because the same team behind the TV show also made the movie. There was no separate production team for the movie. As such, the cast and crew had to complete The Simpsons Movie in between seasons of the show. Now, some 12 years later, Groening says the team is almost back to a place where they might consider making another movie.
“We’re almost recovered. No doubt there will be another Simpsons movie one of these days. Disney wants something for its money,” Groening said.
Disney recently acquired the majority of Fox’s entertainment assets in one of the biggest buyouts in media history at $71.3 billion. For that price, Disney got The Simpsons, Family Guy, Deadpool, X-Men, Avatar, and many others, in addition to TV networks and film studios.
During the end credits of The Simpsons Movie, Maggie says “Sequel?” Ever since then, fans have been wondering when that sequel might be made. According to series producer Al Jean, a sequel to The Simpsons Movie probably won’t happen until The Simpsons TV show goes off the air.
“The movie was such a time-intensive operation, it pulled a lot away from the show. I would rather end the show whenever that happens before doing another movie. It’s unlikely there’ll be another Simpsons feature while the show is being produced.”
In February this year, The Simpsons was renewed for Seasons 31 and 32. Season 31 will premiere in September 2019.