Times change, tastes differ and what was once excellent becomes merely good and then slowly terrible. Which describes The Simpsons quite well I think. After 25 years and diminishing laughter returns on various seasons, The Simpsons has pretty much tapped the TV well completely dry. But the show has managed to excel in other mediums, especially with its first movie. And its parent company FOX wants a sequel. Which may be a tall order when it comes down to getting the cast and crew together for it.
Because according to the producers behind the show (several times in fact), that sequel ain’t gonna happen. As longtime producer James Brooks explained to the Hollywood Reporter, the team is just too busy right now:
Perhaps [there will be another one]. We’ve been asked to [develop it], but we haven’t. We’re doing a lot of other stuff.
That other stuff includes the show itself, the FXX app, the recent Hollywood Bowl show and a ton more. Plus,it’s not as if it was easy to create the first film, a monumental task for the crew that took years to get right according to them:
I don’t know what it’d be like a second time. The first time it was, you know, we felt we were risking everything, risking everything about The Simpsons. What if the movie stunk and stuff like that. And I think it took us two years just to get loose. Just to breathe a little like we do on the show. And so it was a murderous two years until we got there. We had a script and then I was able to buy time for a while and then we had to agree to an exact deadline. It took us two years to try and act like we didn’t give a shit, which the show needs a little bit. You know, the show needs that quality. The movie needed that quality.
I’m not exactly a fan of the film. It has some good laughs, but overall it treads through the exact same jokes, gags and yet another marriage squabble that the show beat to death years ago already. Still, the film cost $75 million to make, and took in over $527 million at the box office. And money talks.
Last Updated: October 8, 2014