The animated series Futurama came to an end in September 2013, adding 7 seasons and 140 episodes during its 14 years on the air. Although it seemed that this would be the definitive farewell to the Fox classic, today’s news has pleasantly surprised us. Variety reported that Hulu is developing a new installment of Futurama.
According to the media outlet’s findings, Hulu has ordered a total of 20 new episodes of Futurama. Also participating in the resurrection of the classic are David X. Cohen and Matt Groening are also involved in the resurrection of the classic. The latter, for his part, is the original creator of Futurama; while Cohen participated as a developer of the series since its inception.
“It’s a true honor to announce the triumphant return of ‘Futurama’ one more time before we get canceled abruptly again”
In addition, it has been confirmed that the original Futurama voice cast will be back in this new batch of episodes ordered by Hulu. The production will feature “Billy West, Katey Sagal, Tress MacNeille, Maurice LaMarche, Lauren Tom, Phil LaMarr and David Herman,” according to Variety. However, the actor who voiced Bender (and other supporting characters), John DiMaggio, has not been confirmed among the cast.
Production on the return of Futurama will begin this February. However, it seems that Hulu is aiming for a 2023 release; a more than reasonable window due to production times.
The series will be produced by 20th Television Animation, while Rough Draft Studios, Inc. will once again be the company in charge of animating this version of Futurama.
Craig Erwich, president of Hulu Originals and ABC Entertainment, took the opportunity to comment: “When we were presented with the opportunity to offer fans and viewers new episodes of Futurama, we couldn’t wait to dive in,” reports Deadline. He went on to thank the series for paving the way for adult animated series.
Since its launch in 1999, Futurama has managed to garner as many as six Emmy Awards, seven Annie Awards, two WGA Awards and more. After being cancelled twice, Futurama returns once again to become one of the most important references in adult animation.