Posted on Tuesday, February 11th, 2020 by Fred Topel
Every Television Critics Association press tour, we catch up with The Simpsons showrunner Al Jean. January’s TCA was no exception, and we’ll bring you that interview soon enough. But this time, Jean brought executive producer Matt Selman with him.
Disney acquired The Simpsons in its acquisition of 20th Century Fox. Since November 12, every Simpsons episode is available on Disney+. Streaming gave Selman some more ideas to maximize content and he has some ideas about enhanced Simpsons content for Disney+. He also talked about the upcoming Marvel-centric episode featuring voice cameos from major Marvel filmmakers.
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Universal Pictures’ Illumination Entertainment have announced that they are developing a 3D animated feature film based on the Ricky Gervais children’s book series Flanimals. Simpsons writer Matt Selman is working on the script based on the four volume series illustrated by Rob Steen. The books take readers to a “far, far away to a distant planet” inhabited by 50 species of “ugly and misshapen” creatures.
Gervais will voice the lead character, a “pudgy, perspiring purple creature, goes on a mission to change the world.” ITV was originally developing a claymation television series based on the books, but the idea was scrapped for the feature film. Gervais has joked that “It will be great to play a short, fat, sweaty loser for a change. A real stretch.” Seems like the books were just about all the crazy creatures, and Selman is trying to form a narrative around the characters.