The pop culture phenom that is 'The Simpsons' has been on the air over 25 years. That means most of us have grown up with the Simpsons always commanding a presence on television and in our culture.
Being one of the most consistent shows, the movie was unsurprisingly a massive success, garnering a massive domestic total gross of $183,135,014 since its release in 2007 and a staggering $527 million in total. So it is strange to think that the creators haven't cashed in on this success and followed Hollywood protocol with a sequel.
However, one may be on the way and in fact we've already been given one, as executive producer Al Jean has revealed that a recent story line involving the villainous aliens, Kang and Kodos, was originally considered as a plot for a sequel!
Two of the allures were exploring the rules of the new world and the cinematic nature of doing something in space. But then we were worried that people might think it’s an idea that’s not canonical – it doesn’t really happen, unlike all of other 560 episodes that really happened – so the ultimate decision was to air it as an episode. So if you want to know what was thought of a possible Simpsons Movie 2, we just aired it – for free!
- Al Jean
So is there a chance? In short, no. Al Jean has said that there's a 50/50 chance of one, but unfortunately he cites difficulty with maintaining show production alongside focusing on a sequel.
There is a silver lining to this. The reason that the creative minds haven't cashed in on a sequel, is because unlike Disney who I'm sure would of produced a sequel and copious amounts of spin-offs, they would rather produce something that they are proud off and not think of the money.
Our feeling is that the first movie was pretty successful and we don’t want the second movie to be any less successful. And I’m not talking about financially only—I’m also talking about no one wants to do a movie where people think, ‘Why did they do that? It wasn't necessary.
- Al Jean
As much as I'd love to see a sequel, I'm more than happy to wait for a movie that Matt Groening and co feel is up to their standard of quality and something that will both satisfy and enthrall fans.