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Is a second Simpsons movie on the way?

Simpsons movie 2... could be on the way - Credit: Fox
Simpsons movie 2… could be on the way – Credit: Fox

Spider-Pig fans, listen up… a second Simpsons movie could be on the cards.

The executive producer of the longest-running animated series of all time, none other than James L. Brooks, has teased the possibility.

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Though it should stressed that it’s still just a possibility.

In an interview with LRM, he said: “Fox very much wants us to do another one, and maybe we will and maybe we won’t—that’s where it is.

“How do we divide our labours, and do we believe in the idea we have? We may go into a more active exploration of a second movie soon.”

(Credit: Fox)
(Credit: Fox)

That sounds pretty promising from where we’re sitting, and it’s an upgrade from Brooks’ comments in 2014, where he simply said: “We’ve been asked to [develop it], but we haven’t. We’re doing a lot of other stuff.”

Then in 2015, Al Jean and David Mirkin revealed on Twitter that an episode which was later yanked from the 2013 schedule had been held back because it had the potential to become a movie.

Fox had always wanted the producers of the series to make a movie, but one only arrived in 2007.

Telling the story of how Springfield is enclosed in a huge glass dome by the EPA to keep its pollution contained, it was a global hit.

It made $527 million (about £430 million) at the box office, and made a star of Homer’s adopted swine, Spider-Pig – later dubbed ‘Harry Plopper’, and then latterly simply ‘Plopper’.

Other than appearances from Green Day and Tom Hanks, the movie relied entirely on its sterling voice cast to sell the movie.