New South Park Movies Could Be In The Works
Can it really be 23 years since South Park first came into existence? What's perhaps even more surprising is that Trey Parker and Matt Stone's irreverent, crude and hilarious animated series keeps going from strength to strength.
But here's some potentially good news for fans eager for even more. While there have been more than 300 episodes of the series to date, there are rumblings that TV bosses at ViacomCBS are hoping to encourage Parker and Stone to produce more feature-length South Park movies.
According to CNBC, via an anonymous industry source, ViacomCBS bosses want their new boy Grant Gish to work with Parker and Stone - whom he has yet to meet - to make new movies and specials for the show.
Gish added: "As long as you're doing something new, and that could be anything from a new style to a new tone to a new voice coming from a specific writer, I think it can work.
"An animation audience is looking for something unique. That's what The Simpsons and South Park have famously done. So I want to try a little bit of everything, even though a lot of it will be targeted to the tried and true with brands people know."
So far there has, perhaps surprisingly, only been one movie attached to the show - South Park: Bigger Longer And Uncut, which was released in 1999.
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However, on Wednesday, it was announced that Gish - who is currently vice-president of comedy and animation at Disney's Marvel Studios - will start a new role at ViacomCBS on 31 August, as senior vice-president of adult animation for the media conglomerate's Entertainment and Youth Group.
According to CNBC's source, ViacomCBS has already held talks with Stone and Parker on a number of movie and special ideas, and hopes to finalise plans in the next year.
Currently, Stone and Parker will continue to create more episodes of South Park for Comedy Central, but the HBO network paid Viacom approximately $500 million to license episodes for the next few years.
That was before Viacom merged with CBS and began expanding its streaming service. Once the current South Park licensing deal expires, ViacomCBS could host the series, as well as any new specials or movies made in the coming years.
Of course, at this stage it's all pure speculation, but it would be great if it happened.
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