'Futurama' stars to join 'The Simpsons' in crossover episode

Planet Express gang will touch down in Springfield next year (2014)

'Futurama' stars to join 'The Simpsons' in crossover episode

The stars of Futurama are to join The Simpsons for a crossover episode.

The Simpsons' executive producer Al Jean broke the news during the show's panel at San Diego Comic-Con on Saturday (July 20) and then shared a few details about the episode with Entertainment Weekly.

The episode's plot will apparently pit Futurama's ill-tempered Bender against the ever mischievous Bart Simpson. "Bender has to come back from the future to kill Bart because there's something that Bart does now that makes the future really, really, really bad," the executive producer teased. The episode will be scripted by J Stewart Burns, who has written for both shows in the past.

The crossover episode is due to be recorded next month (August) and will air on US network Fox either as The Simpsons' season 25 finale in May 2014 or as the show's season 26 premiere that autumn. It could mark the last time fans get to see the stars of Futurama as the show has recently been axed by its network Comedy Central and the very final episode is set to air on September 4.

Meanwhile, The Simpsons are also preparing to welcome the stars of Family Guy to Springfield in a special episode set to air in autumn 2014.

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