Matt Groening's The Simpsons have been on the air since 1989. At this point, the animated Simpsons family is a cultural icon that should probably remain on the air forever, if only just because. Multiple generations of children have grown up watching Homer, Marge, Bart, Lisa, and Maggie, as well as the rest of the cast, make light of everyday issues, satirize ongoing conflicts, and even predict the future.
However, while the series, which is now in its 33rd season, has been successful as a scripted show, The Simpsons' cinematic debut way back in 2007 wasn't half-bad.
The Simpsons Movie premiered in 2007 and featured the same old cast in a movie that cost $75 million to produce. By the end of its theatrical run, The Simpsons Movie had amassed more than $500 million at the global box office, prompting audiences to ask for a sequel.
Unfortunately, while The Simpsons Movie 2 was confirmed back in 2018, the lack of official news about a second film suggested that it was probably canned. But, according to Al Jean, the executive producer and showrunner of The Simpsons, The Simpsons Movie 2 is still very much in development.
When is The Simpsons Movie 2 going to release?
In an interview with NME, Jean mentioned that the team behind The Simpsons already "have an idea". However, Jean might also have provided an explanation as to why a sequel hasn't happened yet. She added that the toll of working on the show and the first film at the same time "nearly killed the animators." In addition to this, the other show's executives are also thinking about whether a follow-up would do better if it is released exclusively in theaters, or if it made its debut on a streaming service.
While Jean might have declined to provide more details about the potential sequel, it's clear that the people behind the show are at least open to the idea.
Of course, it remains to be seen if The Simpsons Movie 2 will happen.
Jean's conundrum about releasing the film in theaters or on streaming platforms is valid. The initial The Simpsons Movie netted a ton of profit for the studio and a sequel could enjoy similar returns. But, at the same time, there is that risk that The Simpsons Movie 2 would not do as well and end up damaging the show's reputation instead. Not to mention, movie theaters haven't recovered from the COVID-19 pandemic yet and it might take a while before this will happen.
TLDR; The Simpsons Movie 2 isn't coming anytime soon, but it will happen and we just don't know when.
In other The Simpsons news, Smithers will finally meet the love of his life in an upcoming episode on November 21. We also learned earlier this year that the studio already has a storyline in place just in case Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson decides to guest for an episode.