‘The Simpsons Movie 2′ is a ’50/50 possibility’, says executive producer

Al Jean also reveals that a recent episode nearly became the premise of second 'Simpsons' film

The Simpsons‘ executive producer has spoken about making a second spin-off film, revealing that it’s a “50/50” possibility.

Released in 2007, The Simpsons Movie became a hit with critics and fans alike, raking in over $525 million (£345 million) at the box office worldwide. Now executive producer Al Jean has revealed that a recent episode in which Homer and his family were abducted by aliens Kang and Kodo – and taken to their home planet of Rigel 7 – nearly became the premise of The Simpsons Movie 2.

“Two of the allures were exploring the rules of the new world and the cinematic nature of doing something in space,” Jean told Entertainment Weekly. “But then we were worried that people might think it’s an idea that’s not canonical – it doesn’t really happen, unlike all of other 560 episodes that really ‘happened’ – so the ultimate decision was to air it as an episode.”

Jean continued: “It just got to the point where if we were unsure about it as a movie, then it would be good to air the episode. And then if we do a movie, we’d just think of something else… So if you want to know what was thought of a possible Simpsons Movie 2, we just aired it for free. You can see it for free!”

Asked about the chances of a second Simpsons film actually happening, Jean replied: “My guess [is] it’s 50-50,” before explaining: “Our feeling is that the first movie was pretty successful and we don’t want the second movie to be any less successful. And I’m not talking about financially only – I’m also talking about no one wants to do a movie where people think, ‘Why did they do that? It wasn’t necessary.'”