Don't Expect Simpsons Movie 2 Soon
"The movie was such a time-intensive operation; it pulled a lot away from the show."
2007's The Simpsons Movie was generally well-received and made a lot of money, but don't expect a sequel to happen soon. Speaking with Variety, executive producer Al Jean talked about the strain producing the movie put on the show and why you shouldn't hold your breath for another film.
"The movie was such a time-intensive operation; it pulled a lot away from the show," Jean said. "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."
Jean's comments follow those from another Simpsons executive producer, James L. Brooks, who said last year in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter that Fox was interested in making a sequel. However, he explained that producing The Simpsons Movie was a "murderous" process and not one that he was interested to jump back into right away.
Variety's interview with Jean also touches on which celebrity he would like to see guest star on the show, as so many others have.
"Sadly, we would have wanted Neil Armstrong and J.D. Salinger but they both passed away. I keep saying Sandy Koufax but I've never gotten a call," he said.
Be sure to read Variety's full interview for lots more interesting insight about The Simpsons.
The enduring animated TV show was recently renewed for two more seasons, though Mr. Burns may not be a part of the show's future.
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