'The Simpsons' to use 22-year-old script written by Judd Apatow

Apatow wrote the script during the show's first season in 1989, but didn't hear back until now

'The Simpsons' to use 22-year-old script written by Judd Apatow

A script by writer-director Judd Apatow is to be made into an episode of The Simpsons - 22 years after he wrote it.

As an up-and-coming comedian, Apatow submitted the script during the show's first season in 1989, but never heard back. He later enjoyed TV success of his own with Freaks And Geeks and Undeclared, before he became a successful filmmaker with comedy hits including The 40-Year-Old Virgin and Knocked Up.

Now his original script, apparently "the first thing" he ever wrote, has belatedly been commissioned. Apatow broke the news during an interview on Conan O'Brien's Serious Jibber-Jabber internet show. He said: "I got a call from The Simpsons saying 'We're going to shoot that episode next year'," before adding: "Now I can retire!"

The episode apparently focuses on Simpsons patriarch Homer, who undergoes hypnosis and starts to believe that he is ten years old and the best friend of his son Bart.

The Simpsons has aired every year since 1989 and now runs to over 500 episodes. Its record-breaking 24th season began in the US back in September. Upcoming guest stars include Justin Bieber, Benedict Cumberbatch, Zooey Deschanel, Danny DeVito and Portlandia's Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein.

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