After Silverman's offhand remark that a follow-up to 2007's "The Simpsons Movie" wouldn't happen for "maybe another 10, 15 years" popped up in The Hollywood Reporter's recap of the event, it took on a life of its own. And, as usually happens in the game of movie rumour telephone, went from an off-the-cuff joke to a genuine projection.
Speaking with HuffPost Canada TV in advance of his own keynote appearance at the second annual Toronto Animation Arts Festival International, Silverman wanted to good-naturedly correct the speculation about his sequel "prediction." Here's what he had to say.
Moviefone: I saw [in the Hollywood Reporter] that you recently said that we probably won't see a sequel to "The Simpsons Movie" for another 10-15 years. Why is that?
David Silverman: Because I was misquoted. [Laughs] I was totally misquoted! I saw that. I was with Matt Groening, we were at UCLA at this thing, and this quote came up in The Hollywood Reporter. And I called Matt and said, "Matt, did I say that?" Matt just started laughing, he said, "Nope, you didn't say that." So here's a hot scoop: The Hollywood Reporter got it wrong! I was either making a joke and it was misunderstood, or I didn't say it at all and they misheard me.
So yeah, I'm more than happy to say that. It should be the headline screamer: "'I Never Said That!' David Silverman Insists Hollywood Reporter Got That Quote Wrong, and He Didn't Say Anything Like That. And He Has No Idea How That Came About." [Laughs] I really don't. I don't know what I even said in passing. Maybe I just said it as a joke, you know? Maybe we said something like that and said it as a joke, "That means it won't happen for another 15 years." But again, I said it in jest, so I guess, apparently, they sent one of their reporters to a talk on "The Simpsons" who doesn't have a sense of humour. Which to me is an interesting choice: "It's about a comedy show!" [imitating] "I don't have a sense of humour, send me."
Do you have a new time frame then that you'd like to correct that to?
Yeah, next week. [Laughs] I don't know! I literally have no idea. I think that's what we were trying to say, that we don't know. We know Fox would love to do one, and we'd love to do one, but there's no plan to do one at the moment. There just isn't. Literally, it could change tomorrow. But at the moment, I don't know. The short answer is this: as Homer boldly said in "Blood Feud," "I don't know!"
Would it have to almost wait until the show stops running for you to do another movie?
No, if I had to say, I think we could. We did it before, it almost killed us, but ... [Laughs] If we had to, if they said, "We have a great idea, let's do it." We could do it. Now, don't interpret that as saying, "David Silverman says they're going to do another 'Simpsons' movie."
That won't be my headline.
OK, good. Your headline should be, "Hollywood Reporter Got It Wrong." We'll set the record straight here.
"The Simpsons Movie 2" may or may not come out at some point in the near future. Only time will tell. At least we know we won't have to wait another decade!