Trey Parker & Matt Stone Setting Up Their Own Important Studios
As the masterminds behind of one of television's best comedies, "South Park" creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone have been lampooning Hollywood big shots for years. They've delved into feature film territory with mixed results - we'd rather forget about BASEketball, but South Park: Bigger, Longer, and Uncut and Team America: World Police are freaking hilarious - and they've discussed their interest in turning their first smash hit Broadway musical, The Book of Mormon, into a movie before. Now, the NY Times reports the duo's formation of Important Studios to bring The Book of Mormon (and other such projects) to life.
This is great news for any fans of Parker and Stone's irreverent brand of humor, because now they truly don't have to answer to anyone. They've been lucky enough that they haven't had to compromise their artistic vision much in the past, but it's encouraging to know for sure that these guys can take the reported $300 million they've earned from sixteen seasons of "South Park" and their incredibly successful Book of Mormon Broadway run and use those funds to create and approve new TV, film, and theater projects.
The Book of Mormon movie is in the works (but still likely a little ways away), and though that play is hysterical (I saw it a couple of months ago here in Los Angeles), I'm even more excited about Parker and Stone bringing us some more brand new content in the years to come, whether that be on TV or, preferably, on the big screen. After all, where's that Giant Monsters Attack Japan movie we heard about? Cool?