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Simpsons Film in Preproduction 331

93,000 writes "According to Yahoo news, a Simpsons feature film is now in preproduction. In TFA, Nancy Cartwright is quoted as saying "We've just done the table read for The Simpsons movie, so although we've been promoting that we're going to do it, now we're actually doing it and are in production . . ." Also from TFA: "'They are working on hammering out a script, but there's no title or production date or release date,' studio spokeswoman Antonia Coffman told E! Online Wednesday. 'We always wanted the show to end first but it just keeps going. Now they've worked out a team to simultaneously do [both the film and show].'""
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Simpsons Film in Preproduction

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  • No script? (Score:2, Funny)

    by Anonymous Coward
  • I've been wondering why they haven't done this long ago.
    • From the fine summary:
      studio spokeswoman Antonia Coffman told E! Online Wednesday: 'We always wanted the show to end first but it just keeps going. Now they've worked out a team to simultaneously do [both the film and show].'""
      Looks to me like (drumroll please) they were waiting to do a film until the show ended. I guess they changed their minds though.
  • I, for one, welcome our new cinematic overlords!
    • by StarWynd ( 751816 ) on Thursday June 09, 2005 @04:06PM (#12773159)
      Slashdot needs a new moderation category, Cliche. Someone mod parent +1 Cliche.
  • by Psionicist ( 561330 ) on Thursday June 09, 2005 @03:05PM (#12772352)
  • Hey!!! (Score:3, Funny)

    by notnAP ( 846325 ) on Thursday June 09, 2005 @03:05PM (#12772358)
    I Got First Pos....

  • by dbleoslow ( 650429 ) on Thursday June 09, 2005 @03:05PM (#12772359)
    That's unpossible!!!
  • (Score:5, Interesting)

    by Arctic Dragon ( 647151 ) on Thursday June 09, 2005 @03:06PM (#12772370)
    Fox owns

    Registrant: Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation (DOM-365367) 10201 W. Pico Boulevard Los Angeles CA 90035 US Domain Name: Registrar Name: Registrar Whois: Registrar Homepage: []

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  • This would have been good news any time during the first 5-6 seasons. If the last 7 or so years are anything to go by its just gonna blow. /oblig. "the Simpsons haven't been funny in years" rant
    • Re:Er, who cares (Score:3, Insightful)

      by geekoid ( 135745 )
      you are no way oblidge to complain about a show you no longer like anymore.
      In fact, common courtesy dictates that you shut the hell up.

      I know, it's a shoker, but your opinion on slashdot changes NOTHING.
  • Are you familiar with the old robot saying "DOES NOT COMPUTE"?

    Oops, wrong show...
  • As long as they have a scene dedicated to jumping a shark I'll go see it. I just started watching the Simpsons again because it is on before Family Guy and it's amazing at how well written it is after all these years. I always expected they'd add a "Poochie" for real. The naming of the Comic Book Guy episode was funny, too bad I forgot his name.
  • by theurge14 ( 820596 ) on Thursday June 09, 2005 @03:07PM (#12772398)
    The movie begins with the same theme song sequence as the show, the family ends up in the living room staring at the TV, but the TV is missing. A road trip begins as the Simpsons search for their missing TV. Their search takes them across deserts, to the Hoover Dam, in the trunks of cars, and ends up in Washington DC, all while being chased by cops and robbers. By the end of the trip, they finally find their TV and they go home. /err wait
    • by Anonymous Coward
      Bart gets in trouble in school for misbehaving and it's the last straw. The Principal Skinner brings in the doctor who invented Focussyn proposes giving Bart a neural implant to curb his reambunctiousness by shocking him. The kids sneak into the new Itchy and Scratchy movie and pick up some really obnoxious behavior from it. Their parents blame the producers of "The Itchy and Scratchy Movie", who are Cananadian, and Springfield ends up going to war with Cananadia. And there's some damn sub-plot with Satan
  • obMisquote (Score:5, Funny)

    by yotto ( 590067 ) on Thursday June 09, 2005 @03:08PM (#12772401) Homepage
    South Park did it!
  • for the movie.

    Guy: Up and atom!
    McBain: Up and at them!
  • by CheechBG ( 247105 ) on Thursday June 09, 2005 @03:08PM (#12772411) Homepage
    Is Maggie finally going to speak? Smithers finally coming out of the closet? We get to find out where Springfield actually is?

    Come on guys, there has to be some big unveiling for the movie!
  • by way2trivial ( 601132 ) on Thursday June 09, 2005 @03:08PM (#12772412) Homepage Journal
    I've finally found a movie to camp out for a week in advance in order to watch it!
  • I don't know if I'm the only person out there who believes the Simpsons, as a series, has been getting much funnier over the last few seasons (especially when compared to how unfunny it was for a while in the late 90's), but I wouldn't be too surprised if Groening and the gang decided to call it quits after the movie is released.

    Granted, that sounds hopefully idealistic of me, considering what kinda cash cow the Simpsons has become, but the act of leaving on a high note doesn't occur much often anymore, an
  • Length (Score:5, Insightful)

    by rokzy ( 687636 ) on Thursday June 09, 2005 @03:10PM (#12772436)
    hopefully this will solve the problem of decreasing quality of episodes.

    in the commentary for season 5 they talk about how an episode of the recent series is 2 minutes shorter (more adverts) than a season 5 episode. this forces them to remove an entire mini-story, which are often the source of many of the funniest moments.

    though a movie format causes its own set of problems. I'd prefer they just went back to making longer episodes, but at this point I don't think a movie could makes things much worse so here's hoping for a return to form.
    • Re:Length (Score:3, Insightful)

      by ferreth ( 182847 )
      So they lost two minutes. Big deal. That's just a cop-out. After so many seasons, they have just run out of steam.

      Perhapes a longer story format will bring out something interesting, but I'm not holding my breath.
  • Just leave it as a tv series. 30 minute bursts of Simpson hilarity are enough for me, I struggle to watch two consecutive shows now because of the saturation the show has achieved. WTF are they going to do for 90+ mins with such well developed characters?

    I appreciate the show has been exceptional in its ability to make people laugh over 17 seasons but I really cant see a movie in it.
  • ...Homer jumps a shark on his motorcycle.
  • I read an interview years ago with Groening(sp?) where he said that when they'd make a Simpsons movie, Bart would utter his first real swear word.. I wonder if that's still the plan.
  • by quibbs0 ( 803278 ) on Thursday June 09, 2005 @03:19PM (#12772548)
    Hey it's already available on Bit Torrent!!! And the script has already been converted to PDF. Ok just kidding.
  • Casting (Score:5, Funny)

    by hopethisnickisnottak ( 882127 ) on Thursday June 09, 2005 @03:19PM (#12772553) Homepage Journal
    Homer - Arnold Schwarzenegger ("D'Oh - I'll be bach")
    Marge - That redhead from Suddenly Susan
    Lisa - The actor who was Frodo Baggins
    Bart - Jeremy Irons
    Maggie - Who cares? Stick a pacifier into someone's mouth and bob's your uncle
    Ned Flanders - Bruce Willis
    His wife - Angelina Jolie
    His kids - Don't care
    Apu - Amitabh Bachchan
    Montgomery Burns - Anthony Hopkins
    Crusty the Clown - Michael Jackson
    Sideshow bob - Robert Miles
    The police chief - Michael Moore
    His son - George W. Bush
    Principal Skinner - Robert Redford
    Mayor of Springfield - John Malkovich

  • We always wanted the show to end first but it just keeps going.

    My thoughts exactly.
  • meh.... (Score:2, Funny)

    by Prod_Deity ( 686460 )
    I'll probably wait to watch it on DVD, while enjoying freshly picked Tomacco.
  • Let's just hope its a WOOOHOOO and not an *annoyed grunt* .
  • I wonder if they will show super violent Itchy and Scratchy cartoons. Hopefully they will age the characters where Bart is a no job stoner who lives in the basement, Lisa gets married to a computer nerd and Maggie is a high school slut.
  • Who is gonna play the part of OJ?
  • I for one welcome our animated overlords.
  • by CyricZ ( 887944 ) on Thursday June 09, 2005 @03:33PM (#12772759)
    This movie has the potential to revitalize the show. Remember, the quality of South Park had decreased somewhat until the release of South Park: The Movie. The movie in turn gave impetus to the TV show. Strangely enough, some have even said that the post-movie seasons of South Park are far more intellectual than the pre-movie seasons. Now, that's a matter of personal taste, but I think that this movie could do the exact same for The Simpsons television show.
  • Generally, the generation of the film means the death of an icon. I hope this is finally not the case with the Simpsons based on the empirical evidence that the writers have not yet run out of ideas.

    Beavis and Butthead, and perhaps even South Park, by the time their movies had aired, it was clearly evident that the writers didn't know what to do next.

    Please do not kill the Simpsons! They are my only refuge on TV, to get away from reality TV, death, and violence, wars, etc.

    Sincerely, Rob.
  • disgust (Score:3, Funny)

    by deszaras ( 840321 ) on Thursday June 09, 2005 @03:46PM (#12772899)
    Rest assured I was on the internet within minutes registering my disgust throughout the world.
  • by inkdesign ( 7389 ) on Thursday June 09, 2005 @03:50PM (#12772955)
    IMHO, the episodes he wrote are great, and I think this movie has a chance if they bring back some writers from earlier in the show's history. If not, I fail to see how the current team can produce both the show and a movie, when most would agree the current state of the show doesn't even justify this movie being made in the first place (from an artistic standpoint as opposed to financial.)
  • by poormanjoe ( 889634 ) on Thursday June 09, 2005 @03:55PM (#12773022)
    Well as exciting as this is I think its shows the end of the the Simpsons legacy. Animation usually ends with a feature movie. (Flinstones meet Jetsons comes to mind)

    All good things must come to an end.

    As far as Family Guy fans go, please don't knock the Simpons because you arn't (or ever were) cultured enough to enjoy them anymore. By all means stick with your slap-stick humor of choice. Personally I was always partial to The Three Stooges.

    --Oh, oh, oh, Jolly Mon sing!
  • So do we get a movie which makes no sense at all like the TV show?

    Lisa week 1 : I'm a genius little girl who can save the world with my knowledge!
    Lisa week 2 : Look I'm Bart's equal I can be a little brat and watch itchy and scratchy
    Lisa week 3 : I'm a hippy who eats no meat!
    Lisa week 4 : Seen eating pork chops and throwing food at Bart.

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