Futurama has been out of commission for years now, but its legacy lives on. Now, a new report has gone live confirming the show’s upcoming revival. The animated comedy is being brought back to life by Hulu, but as of right now, John DiMaggio has no plans to return as everyone’s favorite drunken robot.
The details were shared recently when Deadline confirmed Hulu’s plans to revive Futurama. It turns out most of the original cast is set to return including Billy West, Katey Sagal, Tress MacNeille, Maurice LaMarche, Lauren Tom, Phil LaMarr, and David Herman. However, DiMaggio is not on the list for good reason.
According to reports, DiMaggio – who is known best for playing Bender – has yet to ink a deal with Hulu. Right now, the role is being recast as Futurama is undergoing its first table read on Monday. This decision was made after cast negotiations hit a roadblock despite interest on DiMaggio and Hulu’s part to have him reprise his leading role.
Deadline says DiMaggio was approached to join the revival along with West and Sagal as they voice Fry and Leela respectively. However, DiMaggio wasn’t happy with the offers he was receiving for Futurama given how big the show has become since it ended in 2003. The show was briefly revived by Comedy Central in 2010 before closing a few years later. Now, creators Matt Groening and David Cohen are seeing their series brought to life once more even if one of its main characters sounds different this time around.
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from Ultimate Comic Blog