Will the New ‘South Park’ Movie Be in Theaters?

Trey Parker and Matt Stone just signed a deal for six more seasons of South Park. The deal also included 14 movies. The last South Park movie was 1999’s Bigger, Longer and Uncut. The duo made Team America: World Police in 2004 but have not made a movie since. The show, however, is in season 24 and will reach 30 at the end of this deal. 

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Stone gave an interview to Bloomberg on Aug. 8 discussing their deal. Stone explained how they’ll apply their movie projects to streaming and theaters. 

Where is ‘South Park’ streaming?

Every season of South Park is available on HBO Max. New episodes also stream there concurrent with Comedy Central airings. The new contract includes 14 movies for Paramount+.

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“The things on Paramount+ will be South Park movies, streaming movies,” Stone told Bloomberg. “We did a South Park movie in ‘99 and we’ve never done another one because the show has been so satisfying. We like the way we’ve been able to do the show. We’re like a punk band — a little rough around the edges and get out fast. Now we’re older, and the idea of what streaming movies can be is pretty promising.”

The ‘South Park’ Paramount+ movies will not go to theaters

The deal explicitly gives Paramount+ exclusive streaming rights to new South Park movies. However, a streaming movie is still different than an episode of a TV show, Stone said.

The show is 22 minutes,” Stone said. “It’s a sitcom. It is ancient, in a way. But we still really love that. At the same time, you come up with an idea and realize it’s longer than 22 minutes. There are South Park episodes that are high concept enough where if you wanted to make a movie you could. We wanna scratch both itches. We feel like we can.”

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South Park: Bigger, Longer and Uncut was a brilliant satire of the culture Parker and Stone anticipated when they made the movie. Just as kids snuck into Bigger, Longer and Uncut, In the movie itself, the boys sneak into the R-rated Terrence and Phillip movie, leading their parents to blame the filmmakers, in this case the entire country of Canada. The song ‘Blame Canada’ earned them an Oscar nomination. Parker and Stone want to experiment with the Paramount+ movies.

“We have this idea where the first ones for Paramount+ are South Park but not quite,” Stone said. “We have a high concept idea for the first one to set it apart. But right after that we go back and do a six-episode run for Comedy Central and HBO Max, probably at the end of this year or early next year. The classic kind. But the movie first — either in one part or broken up in two. We think of it creatively as one big piece. Like a 90-minute movie.

Trey Parker and Matt Stone have other movie ideas for theaters

Stone also teased some other movie ideas he and Parker have. One of them is an entirely deepfake movie. Those are still intended for theaters.

“We’ve got a couple we’re working on in development,” Stone said. “Streaming is fantastic. The reach is fantastic. But there are movie ideas.”

Source: Bloomberg