South Park creators make it clear that Paramount + projects are not feature films
South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone say the fourteen new projects in the Paramount + deal won’t be feature films.
South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone have clarified that their new projects with Paramount + will not be feature films. South Park has sparked controversy and generated laughter since 1992, when Parker and Stone met in a film class at the University of Colorado in Boulder. Apparently no social issue, person, or event has been banned over the years, and their unique brand of comedy has reached far beyond television into the realm of feature films and Broadway theater.
Over the past summer, Parker and Stone signed a lucrative $ 900 million deal with ViacomCBS to produce 14 projects exclusively for Paramount +. The deal also renewed the series until season 30 and is valid until 2027. Currently, Parker and Stone are the creators of three feature films: South Park: bigger, longer and uncut, Team America: World Police, and BASEketball. Audiences last left the show in March 2021 when the “South ParQ Vaccination Special” saw Mr. Garrison come to himself after posing as a version of the President for the past six years.
In a recent interview with THR, Parker and Stone basically confirmed that fans shouldn’t expect South Park feature films will soon begin airing on Paramount +. The duo went on to note that the projects will also not be reminiscent of recent specials posted on Comedy Central amid the Covid-19 pandemic. Currently the South Park The crew continue to work remotely and they shared that they’ve undone most of the tech tribulations. Nonetheless, Parker and Stone both agreed that being in separate spaces presents its challenges. Read what the creators have to say below:
“With Viacom, we realized that we could make them as long or as short as we needed,” Parker explains of upcoming projects. “And then they went and called them movies. They were the ones who said we were giving them 14 movies in seven years. All I can say is that for me, personally, I’m 52 years old, j ‘ve made three films in my life. So do the math. “
Stone adds, “We try to make what’s on Paramount + different from anywhere else, so hour-long movies made for TV are our focus. We will do two TV movies a year. They’ll be big, but they’re not quite the scale of a movie.
As for future storylines, Parker and Stone agree that to some extent, the mood of the country, and even at times the whole world, is what gives the series its foundation and direction. For the most part, the comedic duo enjoy the freedom to bounce back and explore various topics. However, Stone feels somewhat trapped these days, engaging in bigger issues such as the pandemic, which still looms large in society.
Parker and Stone have unparalleled comedic chemistry and they naturally feed off of each other. The ensuing magic is manifested throughout their career, from the brilliance of South Park to the splendor of The Book of Mormon. While the team is still working remotely, rather than in their Marina del Rey studio, the possibility of suffering from energy and content is always there. However, time and time again Parker and Stone have shown fans and critics that they are an almost unstoppable force that has stood up to even the current era of cancellation culture. It seems the couple have more than proven themselves to be masters of perseverance, and no pandemic is likely to stop them from continuing to do what they have always done so well.
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