Thursday, June 09, 2005

"The Simpsons" Movie...Finally?

E! Online lights up another headline. Sounds familiar...
"The Simpsons" Movie...Finally? - Feb 11, 2004 - E! Online News: "'The Simpsons' Movie...Finally?

by Joal Ryan
Feb 11, 2004, 1:10 PM PT"

Yet...this appeared yesterday, although I can't seem to track it down online just yet...

Ay Caramba! "Simpsons" Movie Going

(E! OnLine) – The Simpsons movie is off the drawing board and in preproduction. "You know what? 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," Nancy Cartwright, who gives voice to Bart Simpson, told BBC Radio 1 this week. Cartwright indicated that the movie is still in the preliminary script development stage and it will take at least two years before it's fully animated and ready for release. Producers had always indicated that the movie would likely debut after the TV show ran its course. But with the show continuing to perform well, averaging about 10 million viewers last season, the Simpsons brain trust decided to move forward now, according to a rep for 20th Century Fox, which will distribute the Simpsons film. Rumors of a Simpsons movie seem to surface every few years, usually sparked by the 'toon's mastermind, Matt Groening, which then sends long-time Homer honks into a frenzy of anticipation. But such talk turned out to be premature in the past. The closest The Simpsons has come to the big screen was a computer-generated Homer cameo for the 2000 IMAX 3-D flick, CyberWorld. This fall will see The Simpsons embark on season 17. Fox and show producers foresee the cartoon cast fulfilling its current contract, which runs through a 19th season.

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