Here are two questions we are bound to receive on this report. So let me answer them first.
There is a The Simpsons movie coming? YES
Is this an early April Fools joke? Probably Not
AICN has recently broken the scoop that we can expect the first teaser trailer for The Simpsons movie to appear with Ice Age 2: The Meltdown this weekend.
The Simpsons Teaser Trailer
According to AICN, who did not catch the trailer firsthand mind you, they have received multiple reports that not one but two different teaser trailers are being shown before Ice Age 2. Now, if you are going to see the film this weekend, there is not a one hundred percent chance you are going to catch the trailer. There is a possibility that the teaser trailer was only attached to select prints and not all prints of Ice Age 2.
AICN says that one of the versions of The Simpsons teaser trailer just features Homer sleeping while the other features a brief little parody on Superman Returns.
However, we still have not received any report from someone who has seen the trailer first hand, so take this report (for the time being) as a grain of salt.
*Warning: April 1st is tomorrow, meaning you can expect at least a few April Fools reports across the web.
UPDATE #1: AICN got a follow-up that had this to say: First off, being 'in the theater business,' I can say that it was part of a two-pak trailer that came with Ice Age: The Meltdown. So far, the film is just called 'Simpsons: The Movie,' and has a planned release date of July 27, 2007.
UPDATE #2: After posting the report on The Simpsons trailer I received an email from 'thepodcaster' with this to say:
Hello, i know it is merly hours before april the first but you're gonna have
to believe me on what im about to divulge.
I work for a film studio as an editor, i can not say which but you can guess
by the hidden subtext of the news. What i do is watch an uncut or sometimes
just parts of a new release movie that is being made and i place together
some scenes to make the teaser, Trailer and featurettes... A gurling task
but non-the less enjoyable.
Im surprised to hear the news of The Simpsons trailer being shown on big
screens for Ice Age 2, now i didnt know they actually released the trailer
yet. I dont want to hold my name to it but i can say Yes a trailer has been
made. Mind it is only a teaser and last no longer than a minute and half.
although they are a long way from making the film. The whole department for
the simpsons has gone on a bit of a shut down.
Previously i have heard rumour of the simpson movie trailer about two months
ago, but it wasnt a trailer for the movie, it was a trailer for the dvd
collection set. Although the way the trailer was edited you saw cut or
unseen footage of homor sleeping on the job or on the couch. as also bart
doing graffiti on some buildings. The trailer ended with a whole comming
soon but did not indicate that it ment to DVD release.
I did not participate in making the trailer of the simpsons however i was
present when the final teaser was created.
Hope this news is good
Ice Age 2: The Meltdown comes to theatres on March 31st.