Executive producer Mike Reiss prepares for the highly anticipated movie version of the award-winning show, "The Simpsons"

April 4th, 2006

Post staff writer

March 24, 2006 — THE movie version of “The Simpsons” is in full throttle.

“Simpsons” cast member Harry Shearer, who provides the voices of Ned Flanders, Mr. Burns and Rev. Lovejoy, among others, says vocal work on the movie has begun.

Appearing on the syndicated Mancow radio show, Shearer said the movie dialogue now being recorded is a bit more edgy than what's seen every Sunday on Fox – but not enough to give the movie a restricted rating.

Shearer said “The Simpsons” movie pushes the envelope a bit – more so than its TV cousin – and said there's some profanity.

(None, of course from the God-fearing Flanders and Lovejoy, but who knows about Mr. Burns?)

“The Simpsons” creator Matt Groening was first asked about a movie way back in 1993, saying that possibility was “way down the line.”

Then, in 2004, Variety reported that seven “Simpsons” writers were working on a movie script, with one industry Web site quoting “Simpsons” executive producer Mike Reiss as saying the movie could be ready by this summer or by Christmas.

Last June, Nancy Cartwright, the voice of Bart Simpson, told the BBC that the cast had done a “table read” for the movie.

“So although we've been promoting that we're going to do it, now we're actually doing it and are in production,” she said.

“I'm sure it won't take any less than a couple of years.”

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