South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone have revealed they had a feature-length film centred around Donald Trump in the pipeline, but the movie was ultimately scrapped.
The genius comedy duo behind the racy animated show disclosed that due to the Covid-19 pandemic, they were forced to shut down production just days before it commenced.
It would have been the first film they've made in over two decades, as Parker revealed to The Los Angeles Times: "Not a lot of people know that we were a day away from starting production on the first feature movie we had done since Team America: World Police.
"We were going to start shooting on the day that the pandemic shut everything down. It was months and months of getting ready for that movie, to just being like, 'Nope, it's over.'
“I went to the office to start packing up my things because I was just kind of in shock.
"There was a few weeks of just depression, and then I just got happy 'cause I'm like, 'I'm just gonna hang out with my daughter and watch Harry Potter and build Legos.
"And then Matt said, 'Let's go remote.'"
Their remote work consisted of working on the latest season of South Park and one-hour specials for Paramount+.
But despite the project being terminated in the wake of the pandemic, Parker revealed it’s still ‘on hold’.
Variety reports that the film was also supposed to be the first project for Deep Voodoo, which is Parker and Stones’ deepfake production studio.
Stone said of the technology to The New York Times: “Before the big scary thing of coronavirus showed up, everyone was so afraid of deepfakes [and] we just wanted to make fun of it because it makes it less scary.”
Trey Parker added: “It really is this new form of animation for people like us, who like to construct things on a shot-by-shot level and have control over every single actor and voice. It’s a perfect medium for us.”
However, the duo has distributed deepfake shorts titled Sassy Justice, which follow broadcaster Fred Sassy, a Donald Trump lookalike who provides ‘in-depth analysis of some of the big news around Cheyenne, Wyoming and US politics.
The first short was released in October 2020, which instantly went viral and has since garnered over 2.6 million views.
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