Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane has seemingly confirmed that he will make a movie adaptation of the cult cartoon series.
Total Film reports that MacFarlane, who was recently confirmed as the host for 85th Academy Awards in February next year, told students at UCLA responded to questions about the possibility of a Family Guy film by replying that it was “just a matter of when”.
MacFarlane also said he was eager to avoid falling into the same traps that The Simpsons faced when it was adapted for the big-screen, adding: “The Simpsons Movie, I thought, was hilarious, but the one criticism I would have is that it’s a story they probably could’ve done on TV.”
“That’s the challenge with animation,” he continued. “You pretty much can do any story you want, so what is the reason for the movie? We finally hit on the answer to that question, and it will be something that would be impossible to do on TV.”
MacFarlane made his directorial debut earlier this year with Ted. The film, which was about a weed smoking, foul-mouthed bear, became a box office smash after it raked in £35 million on its opening weekend in the US and subsequently took the record for an original R-rated comedy – meaning a film which under-17s can only watch if accompanied by an adult. Film company Universal Pictures have since confirmed that a sequel is in development.