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Fox Makes ‘Simpsons’ Feature Film Official

Apr 3, 2006  •  Post A Comment

After years of speculation, Fox is finally giving the green light to a movie version of its classic animated TV series “The Simpsons.”

A teaser featuring Homer Simpson announcing the film’s July 27, 2007, premiere ran during “The Simpsons” Sunday night episode, with the same teaser running as a trailer in Fox’s animated feature “Ice Age: the Meltdown” this past weekend.

Series regulars Dan Castellaneta, Julie Kavner, Nancy Cartwright, Yeardley Smith, Hank Azaria, Harry Shearer, Pamela Hayden and Tress MacNeille will lend their voices to the film, with guest voice work from Erin Brockovich, Minnie Driver and Albert Brooks.

Executive producers James L. Brooks, creator Matt Groening, showrunner Al Jean, Mike Scully and Richard Sakai will produce the feature, with Mr. Groening, Mr. Brooks, Mr. Jean, Mr. Scully, Ian Maxtone-Graham, George Meyer, David Mirkin, Mike Reiss, Matt Selman, John Swartzwelder, and Jon Vitti writing the script. David Silverman, the series’ supervising animation director, will direct.

“I can absolutely guarantee that this film will far exceed the wildest expectations of every ‘Simpsons’ fan,” Mr. Jean said in a statement. “Start lining up at the theater now, preferably in costume.”

Currently in its 17th season, “The Simpsons” is the longest-running comedy series in the history of television. Fox picked the series up in March for an additional two seasons.