Leela, Kif Kroker and a number of other “Futurama” voices are back, but Philip J. Fry and Bender are still holding out.
That’s the status of voice talent negotiations for Comedy Central’s rebooted version of “Futurama.”
Voice actors Maurice LaMarche, Tress MacNeille and Katey Sagal are set to rejoin the series, which is set to resume running on the cable channel next year after a seven-year hiatus, sources close to 20th Century Fox TV’s talent negotiations told TheWrap.
Still unsigned are Bill West — who among other characters, voiced the series’ lead, time-traveling pizza boy Philip J. Fry — and John DiMaggio, who played the surly robot sidekick Bender.
Fox had no comment, and terms of the individual deals were not available, but it was reported earlier that talks had broken down when the actors had requested around $75,000 an episode, a level not congruent with a series produced for basic cable.
In June, Comedy Central ordered 26 episodes of the half-hour animated comedy series, which was created by Matt Groening and David X. Cohen and ran on Fox from 1999-2002.
The MTV Networks Group cable channel has set a mid-2010 date for the series to return.