'Arrested Development', 'Simpsons' Movies Not Happening Any Time Soon

March 11, 2013


Some disappointing news today, as it's been revealed that the Hollywood studio system continues to be guided by profits and schedules, not your ability to quote three seasons of a TV show. As such, it looks like it might be a while before you see any more of The Simpsons or Arrested Development in theaters.

Word comes from the creators themselves, Simpsons head Matt Groening recently explaining that there still isn't a follow-up to 2007's hugely-successful The Simpsons Movie in the works. "[The first one] took us four years, and it killed us," Groening reportedly told a crowd at UCLA's annual entertainment symposium. Basically, the issue is that with The Simpsons still on the air until Seth MacFarlane fully swallows it, the show can't afford to spread their animators and other resources so thin. Still, longtime producer-director David Silverman wouldn't rule out the idea entirely, and suggested, "Maybe another 10, 15 years." Something for your children, like a saved "Don't have a cow, man!" shirt.

Arrested Development, meanwhile, doesn't share the burden of a consistent production schedule, but nonetheless, the long-promised film does not look to be quite the imminent reunion it once seemed. Though the upcoming 14-episode Netflix season supposedly builds to a second act meant to come in a feature length format, plans for such a thing are still far from concrete.

"We have nothing else right now," said creator Mitch Hurwitz, speaking at a SXSW panel teasing his show's new series of rumors about its future. "Here's what we have: we have the whole story ... What we don't have is a movie deal. Know anybody?."

But before you lose hope, know that at least some of that problem has to do with the way film approval differs from television. As Hurwitz explained, "I really don't mean to be passing the buck and say 'well, they're not paying for a movie.' I've got to go through the steps, I've got to pitch it to them, they're probably going to need to see a script first, which is not how we've done it in television."

"People are already mad that we don't have the [movie] -- nobody's even seen these," co-panelist/Gob Will Arnett added. "Let's just enjoy this for now." And he's got a point: before we start getting mad there isn't a movie, shouldn't we first get mad how the new episodes totally aren't as good as the old ones?

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