Details of the project are being kept under wraps. Netflix is understood to be considering a two-season order of 10 episode apiece. That could be prompted by the long lead time needed for animation production. A larger episode order upfront would allow Netflix to better amortize the production costs. It’s unclear if an outside production entity is involved with the project.
Netflix declined comment. A rep for Groening could not immediately be reached for comment.
Groening has not been too active in TV since “Futurama” wrapped its 15-year run, spread across Fox and Comedy Central, in 2013.
“The Simpsons” has become a cultural institution since the characters premiered in 1987 as interstitials on Fox’s “The Tracey Ullman Show.” The series bowed in 1989 and was recently renewed through its 28th season in 2017, making it one of TV’s longest-running entertainment programs.
In 2012, Groening donated $500,000 to UCLA to establish the Groening Chair in Animation at university’s School of Theater, Film and Television. He also committed to a yearly $50,000 donation to help students produce socially conscious short films.