Nearly 10 years after it logged off, Hulu is planning a Futurama revival, with the Disney-owned streaming service recently announcing an order for 20 new episodes. Fans of the iconic sci-fi cartoon will be pleased to know both original creators Matt Groening and David X. Cohen will return to run the reboot.
New Futurama, 2022
A majority of the original voice actors – who played various characters on the show – have also signed on to the project. We can confirm Billy West (Fry/ Professor Farnsworth/ Doctor Zoidberg), Katey Sagal (Leela), Tress MacNeille (Mom), Maurice LaMarche (Lrrr), Lauren Tom (Amy Wong), Phil LaMarr (Hermes Conrad), and David Herman (Scruffy the Janitor) are ready to run it back. However, the voice of the rude and rowdy robot Bender, John DiMaggio, has yet to put pen to paper regarding the reprisal of his iconic character. Before you hit ‘cancel subscription’, The Hollywood Reporter has said the actor is currently discussing the final details of “a deal to return”.
“I’m thrilled to have another chance to think about the future… or really anything other than the present,” Cohen said in a statement.
“It’s a true honor to announce the triumphant return of Futurama one more time before we get canceled abruptly again,” added Groening.
First hitting our TV screens in 1999, Futurama pivots around Philip J. Fry, a pizza delivery boy who is accidentally frozen in time and awakes a thousand years later in the 31st century. Finding employment at Planet Express, the package delivery service run by his distant nephew Professor Hubert Farnsworth, Fry gets up to all sorts of shenanigans alongside his robot buddy Bender and spaceship captain crush, Turanga Leela.
Renowned for its witty and dark humor, Futurama hit 140 episodes over ten seasons. Navigating several periods of cancellation during that time, the animated series aired on Fox and Comedy Central, as well as Adult Swim, where the show developed a cult-like following via syndicated reruns.
“When presented with the opportunity to bring fans and viewers new episodes of Futurama, we couldn’t wait to dive in,” Craig Erwich, President, Hulu Originals and ABC Entertainment, said of the reboot. “This iconic series helped blaze the trail for the success of adult animation since its initial launch and we look forward to Matt and David continuing to pave the way and further establishing Hulu as the premiere destination for fans of the genre.”
“What I love about animation is that it’s possible for a successful show to take a pause and then resume years later, even on a different platform, and pick up right where it left off,” concluded Marci Proietto, Head of 20th Television Animation. “Futurama is one of those shows. The excitement from Hulu about returning Matt and David’s genius creation for all-new episodes has been off the charts. I’m thrilled that this incredible team will get to tell more stories and that our Planet Express crew will have more adventures together. It’s a win for the fans who have loved the show since the beginning, and for the ones who will now discover it for the very first time.”