Comic-Con 2012: Seth MacFarlane Curbing Future 'Family Guy' Film Spoofs
"It's all about getting the rights," the creator says of the series' "Star Wars" tribute, "and not everyone is as enlightened as George Lucas."
Pop culture spoofs figure into most episodes of Fox's Family Guy, but no outing has ever been as thorough as Laugh It Up, Fuzzball: The Family Guy Trilogy.
The one-hour specials, airing in 2007, 2010 and 2011, meticulously recreated the plot of the original Star Wars trilogy with the Griffin family subbing in for the original ensemble.
Speaking at the series' Saturday panel at Comic-Con, creator Seth MacFarlane said that there currently aren't any plans for future tributes -- as much as they'd like to do them.
"We've thought about doing Star Trek or Indiana Jones," he said. "But it's all about getting the rights, and not everyone is as enlightened as George Lucas."
As for plans not sidelined by red tape, MacFarlane and company did elaborate on several storylines for the series' upcoming 11th season, including the 200th episode. That outing, previewed in a highlight reel at the start of the panel, finds Brian and Stewie accidentally reversing the course of time. Memorable moments from the series' history will be revisited and played backwards.
The premiere will include an ill-fated expedition to Mt. Everest, and, later in the season, Peter will seize control of all Nielsen boxes and derail television as we know it and Stewie and Brian will go on another road trip, this time to Las Vegas.
The bulk of the hour-long session was relegated to MacFarlane, Seth Green and Alex Borstein fielding admittedly bizarre questions from fans and encouraging the sign language interpreter to make crude gestures -- but Mila Kunis did get one funny moment.
Absent from recent Family Guy con showings, the actress was already in town for Disney's Oz: The Great and Powerful. And though she remained largely silent compared to everyone else on stage, she did laugh off a gentle ribbing about rumors of her dating former That '70s Show co-star Ashton Kutcher.
"We can finally ask her if Jackie and Kelso will ever get back together," said executive producer Mark Hentemann.