By DON KAPLAN
January 4, 2006 -- 'FUTURAMA" may take a page from "Family Guy" and come back from the dead.
The animated show from "The Simpsons" creator Matt Groening was canceled two years ago, but strong DVD sales seem to have prompted a direct-to-video movie, slated for 2007.
"Three months ago, I would have said we were going to start tomorrow," writer David X. Cohen, who collaborated with Groening on "Futurama," told the Sydney Morning Herald. "And one month ago, I would also have said we were going to start tomorrow. So, my current estimate is that we're starting tomorrow."
It had been believed that the show might return with new episodes on TV, but as of yesterday, the Internet Movie Database had listed the new "Futurama" project as in production and slated for a July 2007 release.
Officials at Fox — the studio that produced the show and in all likelihood, the new movie — could not be reached for comment.
"Futurama" followed the adventures of Philip J. Fry (Billy West) who is accidentally frozen in a cryogenic facility and revived in 2999. While the show has a cult following on the Cartoon Network's Adult Swim, when it was on Fox, it never found an audience.