'Simpsons' Sequel? All Strike And No Work Make Homer Something Something

Homer SimpsonArticle by Heather Perry

Suck. Suck. That's about all we've heard out of Maggie Simpson for the past 18 years, but as fans of the yellow-skinned family will remember, during the end credits for last summer's "The Simpsons Movie," Maggie removed her ever-present pacifier, and delivered a word that left us all drooling.

"Sequel," baby!

So, what's preventing Hank Azaria, Yeardley Smith, Nancy Cartwright, Julie Kavner and Dan Castellaneta from "D'oh!"-ing it up on the big screen again? A stinky situation that has been terrorizing TV shows and movies alike, and it's got nothing to do with "Spider-Pig."

"At the moment we have a little situation, a little labor dispute," series director David Silverman shrugged recently when we asked him. "It has put things on hold."

The writers strike can now be credited with not only keeping Americans out of work and writers picketing in the cold, but also with the absence of Comic Book Guy, Ned Flanders, Mr. Burns and Cletus the slack-jawed yokel. Despite the fact that the writer's strike is hurting "The Simpsons" legacy from continuing, Silverman backs the writers one hundred percent.

"I'm there for the writers too. When that's resolved we'll see some movement in that direction," Silverman promised with a smile. "It's kind of hard to make predictions about the future."

Talks on the sequel should begin whenever everyone on both sides of the picket line is satisfied, but since it is a cartoon and all the "Simpsons" talents will still be working on that pesky little TV show, we're talking several years before a green light gives us an actual movie to watch. Until then, Silverman can only offer the words of the big man himself.

"As Homer would put it, 'I don't know,'" Silverman jeered, slipping into his best impression of the family's pinheaded patriarch.

Between now and then, die-hard "Simpson" fans will most likely agree with Maggie: All this waiting suck, sucks.