The long-awaited sequel to "The Simpsons Movie" is still in the works — even though Disney now owns the property.
Last year, there were reports that 20 Century Fox was developing a sequel to the 2007 film, which brought Homer, Marge, Bart, Lisa, and Maggie to the big screen. Then, Disney bought 20th Century Fox (a transaction that was foretold by "The Simpsons" in 1998, by the way) and the project was up in the air.
But "Simpsons" creator Matt Groening confirmed at Comic-Con last weekend that the sequel is still a go.
“No doubt there will be another Simpsons movie one of these days. I think Disney wants something for its money," he said.
In the first movie, Springfield was quarantined under a glass dome after Homer accidentally polluted the town's lake. "The Simpsons Movie" was a hit, earning more than $527 million worldwide.
We've wondered why a sequel wasn't made sooner, but Groening has been candid in the years since about the production problems with the movie.
“The first ‘Simpsons Movie’ almost killed us,” he said. “We didn’t have a B-team waiting to do ‘The Simpsons Movie,’ so the same people who wrote, animated, voiced and did the music for ‘The Simpsons’ TV show also did the movie. That was in 2007. We’re almost recovered, almost.”
"The Simpsons" has already been renewed by Fox for Season 31 and Season 32. It is the longest-running sitcom in TV history.
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