MONTREAL (Hollywood Reporter) - The team behind Fox's hit
animated show "Family Guy" has been considering a "Family Guy"
movie down the line, creator Seth MacFarlane told The Hollywood
He also said that "The Winner," which Fox pulled from its
schedule earlier this year after six episodes, may not be dead
yet. MacFarlane served as an executive producer on the comedy,
which starred Rob Corddry.
"It is looking like there could be a future life for 'The
Winner.' I hope it pans out," MacFarlane said, without
providing specifics. "We have been trying to figure out how to
do that and the series at the same time without the series
suffering," he said about a potential "Family Guy" feature,
adding that such a challenge also caused the delay in making
a"Simpsons" film. (The animated family takes its big-screen bow
on July 27, after almost 18 years on the air.)
One possible solution, according to MacFarlane, would be to
have Ricky Blitt, the creator of "Winner" and a former writer
for "Family Guy," start on the movie script.
But he emphasized that he has no plot ideas yet, and that
Fox studio executives would have to sign off on a film project
as well. "Nothing is official," he said, adding that if all
things come together, a movie could be ready in a couple of
MacFarlane also said he would like to find a small story
about the Griffin family, the central characters of "Family
Guy," that can be explored in a feature-length film.
"I don't want to do 'The Griffins must save the world,"' he
MacFarlane talked to The Hollywood Reporter after a press
conference here Saturday with many of his "Family Guy"
colleagues, who were in town for "Family Guy Live" readings as
part of the Just for Laughs comedy festival.
Asked in the press conference about "Family Guy" jokes
concerning September 11 and terrorism and how difficult it is
to pull them off, MacFarlane said he feels that enough time has
passed for comedians to explore the issue carefully.
"People are sort of trepidatiously dipping their toe in
it," with skits on "Saturday Night Live" and the like, he said.