Independence Day, “Simpsons” Sequel Talk

Jeff Goldblum’s back in the spotlight again thanks to his work in a trippy GE commercial directed by comedy duo Tim & Eric. In a recent interview with TIME, he confirmed that his character from 1996’s “Independence Day” is set to return in the upcoming sequel:

“I had a meeting and have been talking over the last several months or year with Roland Emmerich and Dean Devlin, the producer, and they’ve been cooking up and say they have a part for me in what they hope will be a plan to make another one pretty soon…. they’re still talking about it and I’ve heard recent rumblings here and there about it, and ‘Oh, there’s a scripting coming in’ – maybe last weekend there was a script handed in, so it’s brewing.”

Speaking of sequels at Fox, “The Simpsons” executive producer James L. Brooks has confirmed that he has been asked by the studio to make a second feature film version of the ongoing animated series, however there are no immediate plans to do so. He tells THR: “We’ve been asked to [develop it], but we haven’t. We’re doing a lot of other stuff.”

He goes on to say he doesn’t know what it’d be like a second time as the first time was a massive risk:

“We felt we were risking everything. What if the movie stank? It took us two years just to get loose, just to breathe a little, like we do on the show. It was a murderous two years until we got there. It took us two years to try and act like we didn’t give a s–t, which the show needs a little bit. The movie needed that quality.”