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Matt Groening wants the world to know a sequel to 2007’s The Simpsons Movie isn’t in the works, and it won’t be for a long time.
“It took us four years [to make] and it killed us,” he said Saturday at UCLA’s annual entertainment symposium, adding that production took animators away from the long-running television series. Producer-director David Silverman added, “Maybe another 10, 15 years.”
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Groening went on to talk about why The Simpsons has been around for so long. “We were in the right place at the right time,” he said of the show’s 1990 launch on a new network called Fox, which launched Married with Children and 21 Jump Street a few years earier. At the time, the network took a huge risk on a cartoon aimed at adults.
After positing that people love the show because there are between 400 and 500 characters with about 50 showing up in any given episode, Groening explained how good licensing can help bolster enthusiasm about such a long running series: “Licensing, when it’s well-done, is an extension of the show.”