MacFarlane in 'Family' way

Has eye on big-screen production

The team behind Fox's hit animated show "Family Guy" has been looking at possibly working on a "Family Guy" movie down the line, creator Seth MacFarlane told The Hollywood Reporter here Saturday. He also said that the Fox comedy "The Winner," on which he serves as an executive producer, might not be dead yet after new developments in recent weeks.

"It is looking like there could be a future life for 'The Winner.' I hope it pans out," MacFarlane said without providing specifics. "We have been trying to figure out how to do (the film) and the series at the same time without the series suffering," adding that this is a challenge that also caused "The Simpsons Movie" to come about so late.

One possible solution, according to MacFarlane, is to have Ricky Blitt — the creator of "Winner" and a former writer for "Family Guy" who has since moved on to other work — start on the movie script.

However, he emphasized that he had no plot ideas yet, and Fox studio executives would have to sign off on a film project. "Nothing is official," he said, adding that if all things come together, a movie could be ready in a couple of years.

MacFarlane also said he would like to find a small story about the Griffin family that can be explored in a feature-length film. "I don't want to do 'The Griffins must save the " he said. Asked if the success of the "Simpsons" movie would affect his interest in a big-screen version of "Family Guy," MacFarlane said no, predicting that "Simpsons" will make good money. "But it will be interesting to see if it works," he added.

MacFarlane talked to The Hollywood Reporter after a press conference with many of his "Family Guy" colleagues. They're in town for "Family Guy Live" readings as part of the Just for Laughs comedy festival.