Our reader JoeM notified me of an article on RottenTomatoes that quotes Matt Groening:
RottenTomatoes does not state whether they got a direct interview with Groening or found the quotes somewhere else. But if true it confirms our understanding of the future of Futurama: 4 DVD Movies made into several episodes for TV.
"I was frustrated when it got cancelled, but Fox, 20th Television is the one who came back and said, 'Would you like to do a DVD movie?'" Groening recalled. We said, 'Let's do two' and they said, 'Well, why not three?' and we said, 'Well, why not four?' and they said, 'Okay, four' and then that's it."
After this, Comedy Central won a bid to air the films as new "Futurama" episodes. "We're writing them as movies and then we're going to chop them up, reconfigure them, write new material and try to make them work as separate episodes. Chopped up is an indelicate way of putting it but we are doing them as movies and then we are reconfiguring them and writing new material and narration and this that and the other so that they'll stand on their own as episodes."
Update: 'Burt' let us know where the full interview is from: www.craveonline.com.