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Old 12-17-05, 02:17 PM
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Futurama might not be dead.

Matt Groening thinks there is a good possibilty it will come back. At least as a direct-to-DVD movie.

http://www.smh.com.au/news/tv--radio...086846734.html

Matt Groening has faith in the relaunch of Futurama, writes Michael Idato.

Nearly four years after it was cancelled, the popularity of Futurama on DVD could breathe life back into the animated television series. On the subject of a rumoured resurrection, creator Matt Groening, best known for his other animated hit, The Simpsons, says, intriguingly: "You never know."

Such a trail was blazed in 2004 by another animated series, Family Guy. Fuelled by DVD sales and high-rating reruns, it spawned a direct-to-DVD film and two seasons of television episodes.

The move caught the television industry by surprise, and left several lost properties, including Futurama, ripe with possibility.

"Three months ago, I would have said we were going to start tomorrow," says writer David X. Cohen, who collaborated with Groening on Futurama. "And one month ago I would also have said we were going to start tomorrow. So ..." He pauses. "My current estimate is that we're starting tomorrow."

The series, relaunched on Ten earlier this month (it previously aired on Seven), was something Groening and Cohen tinkered with in the writer's room at The Simpsons for more than two years. Cohen's background was in computer science, but both, Groening recalls, had a passion for science fiction. "What Matt is saying," Cohen interjects, "is that I stood out as the nerd on The Simpsons writing staff, and that is really saying something."

In the series, pizza delivery boy Philip J. Fry (Billy West) is accidentally frozen in a cryogenic facility and revived in 2999. Signing on with Planet Express, a space courier service, he befriends a one-eyed alien, Leela (Katey Sagal), an alcohol-powered robot, Bender (John Di Maggio), office manager Hermes Conrad (Phil LaMarr) and Dr Zoidberg (also voiced by West), a lobster-like alien.

Sitting in his office, an oasis of organised chaos in the relative calm of Los Angeles's 20th Century Fox film lot, Groening concedes their partnership was lucky but unlikely. "Not everyone wants to tell stories about robots," he says. Cohen adds from across the room: "I only want to tell stories about robots."

In Futurama, Cohen says, they hoped to "incorporate all the craziest ideas from science fiction, but we also wanted to have a point and reflect on life today. I think on our good days we had it both ways."

Their biggest obstacle was being taken seriously, Groening says. "We had this show that looked goofy, with robots and aliens, but was actually very sophisticated. Having people overcome the hurdle of taking us seriously was something we didn't anticipate. Interestingly, it was my original worry on The Simpsons, where I felt for sure kids would watch, but I didn't know if adults would give it a chance. What I love about the reaction to Futurama these days is that people who did give it a chance and fell in love with it are still ardent fans."

Australia is at the vanguard of that popularity, Cohen says. "I made the mistake of giving out my email on one of the DVD commentaries and it was staggering. Loads of email came in, most of it from Australia, so I know we're popular there. Either that or you all have a lot of time on your hands."

Both Futurama and The Simpsons, Groening says, share an ambition to tell timeless jokes. "Both shows are trying to do something which will knock people out the first time they watch it, but will also hold up years later," he says. "Jokes that make sense now, and will also make sense 10 or 20 years from now."

He concedes, however, that Futurama's US network Fox "never understood" the show. The series was cancelled in May 2002 and its final episode, the 72nd, aired in the US in August 2003. The end came, however, at a fortuitous time. "We were cancelled just at the time the DVD market blew up and became huge," Cohen says. "It's far and away the No. 1 factor in a resuscitation if we do have one."

A return to television or, better, a direct-to-DVD feature would be a natural transition for the show, Cohen says. "The more seriously we took the epic nature of the setting, the better the episodes turned out. For that reason, we always thought that would bode well for a movie because then we could take that to its extreme and do something we couldn't do in 22 minutes."
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Goodies. I'd be the first to welcome it back. Hopefully they could put it in a better time slot, one in which it would not be messed up because of football. Fox should try to learn that there is no rule that animation must be on a sunday.
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This is great news to me, because when it comes right down to it, Futurama just might be my favorite animated show of it's type (you know, the Simpsons, Family Guy, etc... bunch). The show could be really goofy at times and was just about always funny in my opinion, but whey they really tried to insert real heart and emotion into an episode, it really hit a homerun.
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I never understood why they never put it on after the Simpsons and before Family Guy, oh wait I know why, they are Fox. Okay blast away Jack.
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I had to stop and think what "Ten" and "Seven" meant until I noticed the article was from Australia.
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I heard about the direct to DVD plan months ago, hopefully this will come through.
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Man, this is a long freakin wait. I remember reading about a possible movie a while back. This needs to be started ASAP. BTW, a little off topic, has anyone seen the Futurama episode (or what is essentially a Futurama episode) that was made especially for the videogame?
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The straight to dvd movie has been a rumor for awhile if I recall. Would love to see it happen eventually
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I've always been crossing my fingers for this to get red-lighted again...I was a blindbuy watcher of this after getting the first volume and I love this show, it has so much re-watchability too.
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Like Family Guy, I never saw an episode while it was on the air. I picked up this series on DVD and loved every season. I'd love to see more Futurama!
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Originally Posted by fumanstan
I had to stop and think what "Ten" and "Seven" meant until I noticed the article was from Australia.
Yeah, i was like WTF when i read that. Still not real sure what it means.
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Please God Make This Happen!!!!!!
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Good news, everyone!
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Originally Posted by Cusm
I never understood why they never put it on after the Simpsons and before Family Guy, oh wait I know why, they are Fox. Okay blast away Jack.

Is that suppose to be flame bait or something? Wanna know why Fox didn't push it? Because they didn't really hold much interest in it or have much to gain from it. Matt holds more control of it and a bigger stake in the profits of it so Fox, sadly, just didn't care to push it.

Not to mention the fucked up schedule that football caused, it was like getting two for the price of one when you could simply split up a seasons worth of show orders into two seasons. Leaving the show high and dry with the writers looking elsewhere.

Really did suck. Not sure if that is the "typical jack defends Fox" reply you were looking for with that suggestion to blast away.. but um.. that's all you'll get from me.
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Yeah, actually I was about to say how much Football is to blame for some of the conflicts for Futurama. I remember though thinking that Futurama was already cancelled a year before it was, though.
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Originally Posted by Jackskeleton
Is that suppose to be flame bait or something? Wanna know why Fox didn't push it? Because they didn't really hold much interest in it or have much to gain from it. Matt holds more control of it and a bigger stake in the profits of it so Fox, sadly, just didn't care to push it.

Not to mention the fucked up schedule that football caused, it was like getting two for the price of one when you could simply split up a seasons worth of show orders into two seasons. Leaving the show high and dry with the writers looking elsewhere.

Really did suck. Not sure if that is the "typical jack defends Fox" reply you were looking for with that suggestion to blast away.. but um.. that's all you'll get from me.
Being a guy, I am pretty sure I recognized the playful guy ribbing that was intended and I had no idea you were connected with Fox whatsoever.
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"Old news, everyone!"

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The straight to dvd movie has been a rumor for awhile if I recall. Would love to see it happen eventually
They're starting tomorrow.
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Originally Posted by Ovid
Being a guy, I am pretty sure I recognized the playful guy ribbing that was intended
Relax, please learn to relax, Jack, it was in jest.
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YES! FOX is looking into bringing back FUTURAMA

http://www.variety.com/article/VR111...4&cs=1&s=h&p=0

This is VERY good news!
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Can they somehow piggyback Arrested Development with it?

BTW - I just hung my 2006 Futurama calendar in my office this morning... RALLY TIME!
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well, first Family Guy, now Futurama... maybe there's hope for FIREFLY yet?
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Is skein a Futurama reference or just a word that Variety likes to use over and over in the same article?
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Originally Posted by Damed
well, first Family Guy, now Futurama... maybe there's hope for FIREFLY yet?


Well, at least I hope not on Fox...
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Yes, Futurama possibly; Firefly, No. Whedon went on the record that Firefly will not return as a television show.

http://www.scifi.com/scifiwire/index...ory=1&id=33982

But still - w00t on Futurama!

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