Judd Apatow’s really old spec script for “The Simpsons” is finally getting made. Apatow revealed in 2012 that producers of the show had approached him about making the first thing he ever wrote into an episode of the show, but now it looks like it’s finally happening.
In an interview with EW, Apatow says the episode will air in the show’s 26th season and is currently being worked on to bring it up to the current “Simpsons” standard. Apatow wrote the script during the show’s first season and times have certainly changed. “I received an email from Al Jean where he detailed the changes they would make to it but they were so hilarious and brilliant, it kind of blew my mind,” he says. “They are so funny and strong over there. We never should take ‘The Simpsons’ for granted. It really sets the bar for everybody.”
Once the writers get done with their draft of the script, it will come back to Apatow who will take notes and give his input on it. The episode has the family attending a hypnotist show, where Homer gets put in the mindset of a 10-year-old. Because the Simpson family has no luck, the hypnotist has a heart attack before he can change Homer back and shenanigans ensue. “It’s about Bart and Homer becoming best friends because they’re the same age, and then Homer doesn’t want to be revived because he’d rather be 10 than have adult responsibility,” he explains.
Apatow hopes that this might be his foot in the door for more opportunities on the long-running animated series. In fact, he might even angle to play the hypnotist. Before all that, Apatow will voice himself on the show, along with Paul Rudd, Seth Rogen and many more on Sunday’s (Jan. 5) installment of “The Simpsons,” “Don’t Steal This Episode” on FOX at 8 p.m. ET.