Now that Seth MacFarlane’s Ted has gone on to become a reasonable success, he pretty much has free reign to do whatever he pleases (much like how he owns Fox’s entire Sunday evening lineup). With this much power and money, MacFarlane thinks it may finally be time to re-start his plan for a full-length movie version of Family Guy.
During a recent chat with students at UCLA, MacFarlane noted that the film was no longer a matter of time, but “when.” He apparently also has a slight, vague idea of what a Family Guy movie could be:
We do know what the Family Guy movie will be. The Simpsons movie, I thought, was hilarious, but the one criticism I would have is that it’s a story they probably could’ve done on TV. There could’ve been an episode that had that plotline. That’s the challenge with animation. You pretty much can do any story you want, so what is the reason for the movie? We finally hit on the answer to that question, and it will be something that would be impossible to do on TV…It’s hard to do that while you have the series going on at the same time. I think that’s why it took The Simpsons 20 seasons to figure out how to do it.
Now this is probably going to be terrible. I assume “impossible to do on TV” means that the content will be dangerously inappropriate. The last time that Family Guy had content that was “too much for TV” it involved abortion. And the time before that was just an elongated version of the show that they decided to run on TV anyway (which makes that jab at Simpsons not make a lot of sense). The show has really been off its game for the last eight seasons, so I really don’t want this. If it was like one of those “Brian and Stewie” episodes though, I could reconsider.[via /Film]