SIMPSONS: ‘Me Lose Brain?’

[Executive Producer James L.] Brooks’ anxiety over leaked plot spoilers represents an obsession with quality control that included 2 1/2 years’ worth of rewrites before the Simpsons brain trust even arrived at a suitably madcap story outline. “The other day somebody guessed we did 100 drafts, and I would say it took us 70 before it began to look like we didn’t give a damn!” says Brooks, ensconced in his bungalow on the 20th Century Fox lot. “It was daunting because we were very concerned about this passionate Simpsons subculture. We had to get past the white knuckles because this movie had to feel like we were loose and just letting it go.”

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