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Jean says no to Simpsons 2 film

Simpsons showrunner Al Jean has revealed there are no plans to make a sequel to The Simpsons Movie in the near future.

The 53-year-old screenwriter and producer admitted that they would need a "good story" before they would consider another full-length outing for the TV family and the residents of Springfield.

" We happen to be sort of swamped right now between this marathon and just doing the new season of the show. So, to be quite honest, there is no movie in the works at the moment," he said.

"W e would definitely be interested in doing one if we could come up with something we really believed in. We wouldn't just do a sequel for the sake of doing a sequel, if there's no need."

He added: " It would probably be in 3D. I thought the first one worked pretty well and my view of it was because it was the only movie and we did a lot of jokes about that. You can't do those jokes a second time so we'd need a story that would justify it.

"We did love doing a short - we did an Oscar-nominated short before Ice Age 4 so I can see that more likelier than another full-length sequel feature."

Al revealed they would like to take The Simpsons Live show on a worldwide tour, following its success at the Hollywood Bowl.

"We talked very loosely about it and said it would be great to do it in New York, London and Sydney, but part of that would be getting the cast," he explained.

"People like Conan O'Brien did it as a favour and I don't think he would do it again, so we'd have to fill that gap. We could ask Ricky Gervais if he would do it in London. Our cast would do it - Hank Azaria and Yeardley Smith love doing it. We haven't even approached anybody, but it's possible. If it worked, it could be really fun. We had such a wonderful night."

:: Simpsons Day runs on Channel 4 on November 2. The Simpsons is on Channel 4 weeknights at 6.30pm.

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