Matt Groening says 'The Simpsons Movie' sequel is not a priority

'Maybe in another 10, 15 years,' says producer David Silverman

Matt Groening says 'The Simpsons Movie' sequel is not a priority

Matt Groening has ruled out making a sequel to The Simpsons Movie in the near future.

The hit animated series made its big screen debut in 2007 and went on to gross $500 million at the box office, however, creator Groening says there is no plans to make a follow-up, reports The Hollywood Reporter.

Speaking at a Q&A with an audience of entertainment lawyers at the UCLA Law School, Groening said: "It took us four years (to make) and it killed us. (The movie) stole animators from the show and drained resources."

Long-term The Simpsons director and producer, David Silverman, added that a sequel is possible in the future but admitted that he didn't think there would be one for at least a decade. "Maybe in another 10, 15 years," he said.

The Simpsons has aired every year since 1989 and now runs to over 500 episodes. Its record-breaking 24th season began in the US back in September (2012), and features cameos from celebrities including Justin Bieber, Benedict Cumberbatch, Zooey Deschanel, Danny DeVito and Portlandia's Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein.

For even more facts about the Springfield clan, see NME's blog on the 50 Things You Didn't Know About The Simpsons.

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