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Although the Simpsons movie grossed nearly $500 million back in 2007, the film turned out to cost producers something far more valuable: their sanity. At the recent UCLA Annual Entertainment Symposium, the series creator Matt Groening discussed the possibility that there would be a second Simpsons movie anytime soon.
At the symposium, Groening was quick to shoot down the idea of making a sequel during the Q&A session. He announced, “It took us four years and it killed us,” according to The Hollywood Reporter. He added that the movie “stole animators from the show” and drained other resources.
The symposium also features animator David Silverman, whose credits include ice Age and Monsters Inc. in addition to The Simpsons. He told the audience that they would consider making a second movie in “maybe another 10 or 15 years.”
The first movie was wildly successful and achieved a 90 percent critics rating on Rotten Tomatoes. The show, which launched in 1989, has been on for nearly 25 years and is the longest-running animated series in the U.S. Groening says the reason for the show’s popularity is because they “were in the right place at the right time” and also because of the numerous characters they’ve created.
Groening also created the animated show Futurama.