On July 27, 2007, the long-awaited movie version of The Simpsons hit the silver screen. Simply called The Simpsons Movie, it brought the outrageous comedy of the long-running TV show to audiences worldwide, and a new interview with Entertainment Weekly indicates there's still hope that The Simpsons Movie 2 could still happen.
The Simpsons Movie was about the fictional town of Springfield becoming sealed in a glass dome, forcing the Simpsons family to escape and find a way to rescue the town's citizens. In the final scene, the usually-silent baby Maggie said simply, "Sequel?" While many fans have given up after a decade of waiting for news of that sequel, there seems to be a way towards another one.
In the new interview, director David Silverman said, "I’d love for there to be another one. We’re still a ways away from it. We talk about this and that. We’re thinking it over, but nothing’s happening just yet.…. It’s still daunting because it really knocked the stuffing out of us to do the movie and the show at the same time."
Writer and producer Al Jean added that different ideas for a movie have been proposed over the years, saying, "...just in the vaguest strokes, just in the possibility of it. I’d say [it’s in] the very earliest stages."
In fact, the Season 26 episode "The Man Who Came To Be Dinner" (about the Simpsons being taken by the aliens Kang and Kodos to their homeworld) was actually a potential movie idea they decided to make into a regular episode.
Jean noted, "I certainly am cautious about a couple things. I wouldn’t want it to be risky in terms of budget, and I would not want it to be anything that we did purely for the money. I would want it to be a really great movie. I personally feel no need for another one unless it’s great."