Bart and Homer are inching a little closer to their big-screen debut as the long-anticipated, now-it's-coming/now-it's-kaput "Simpsons" movie has returned to life.

According to James L. Brooks, "Simpsons" executive producer and writer/director of the new film "Spanglish," a plot has been decided upon and the writers who were with the show since its inception will collaborate on the script. "I like the spirit of the (writing) room enormously," Brooks says."In the second or third year of the show, we made a key decision about the show during an episode about Kamp Krusty," Brooks recalls. "I knew we could add 40 minutes to it because it was a great story and it would fill out in a hurry and it was a great summer movie. But we said to each other, 'We're a television show.' "

That may now change, though Brooks warns that no contracts have been signed as yet. "The reason we're not committed is we care so much about what we do," Brooks says of the show, which was created by cartoonist Matt Groening initially as interstitial cartoons for a variety series starring Tracey Ullman. "We just want to do the show proud."

Nonetheless, the production machinery is gearing up, including, Brooks says, "some fake plots" they'll leak to the Internet "just to be interesting." He adds, just in case anyone was wondering, "Believe it or not, we do have a taste meter."

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