The original cast returns, including the voice of Fry and Professor Farnsworth, Billy West, and Katey Sagal, who voices the Cyclops Leela. – however, John DiMaggio (Bender) is said to still be in talks about his future with the franchise.
The 2000s cult cartoon Futurama is getting a reboot, a decade after it was pulled from screens. The show, which follows the intergalactic adventures of Fry, Leela, Bender and the crew, was made by The Simpsons creator Matt Groening.
It ran from 1999 to 2013 on Fox and Comedy Central, but will now be part of Hulu and Disney+ starting next year, when a new 20-episode season airs.
The original cast returns, including Billy West, who provides the voice of Fry and Professor Farnsworth, and his catchphrase “Good news everyone”, and Katey Sagal, who voices the Cyclops Leela. One name notably missing, however, is that of John DiMaggio, who played the chain-smoking, hard-drinking robot Bender on the series.
Variety reports that the producers are looking for DiMaggio for the new show, but if not, the character will be recast. He has since tweeted saying that he will update fans in the near future on his involvement. I’m thrilled to have another chance to think about the future… or really anything other than the present,” said the show’s co-creator, David X Cohen, of the reboot.
Groening added It is truly an honor to announce the triumphant return of Futurama once again before we are abruptly canceled again. Production will reportedly begin in earnest this month, with a plan to launch the new series in 2023, 10 years after it last aired.
Starting out on Fox in the US, it hovered around the time slot for several years, before it was scrapped and picked up by a rival network, despite being made by Fox’s 20th Century company.
Star on Disney+ (Hulu in the US) streams the entire back catalog of the show, along with other adult animated titles like The Simpsons, Family Guy, and Bob’s Burgers.
Animated shows are often long-running, due to the simple fact that they are cheaper and quicker to make than their live-action counterparts, making millions for their creators.