Trey Parker & Matt Stone Setting Up Their Own Important Studios
by Ben Pearson
January 14, 2013
Source: NY Times
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?
BASEketball was my introduction to these two and I probably wouldn't be such a huge fan today if it wasn't for that film. That was probably the single most watched VHS in my collection and friends would sleep over my house just to watch it because their parents wouldn't allow them. What are your issues with it?
Matt Peloquin on Jan 14, 2013
I like it a lot too, but it's definitely not for everyone. Glad to see they're doing well. I don't hear a lot of people talk about South Park any more, so I wasn't sure.
OfficialJab on Jan 14, 2013
BASEketball was absolutely hilarious!
Stuffrocks on Jan 14, 2013
These guys are ripe for parody themselves, they are jokes.
TommyTheGreenRanger2 on Jan 14, 2013
C'mon, BASEketball was freakin' hilarious! How can you NOT laugh at that movie?! Besides, if you have issues with that movie, don't blame them, they didn't write it.
grimjob on Jan 14, 2013
This is great news. Stone and Parker are best when they're themselves without restraint and this is just the chance for them to let loose with the funny. Really looking forward to new and uncensored hilarity from these guys.
Thexn on Jan 14, 2013
You mention "$300 million", it's worth noting that they BOTH have $300 million in each of their bank accounts. That's a huge difference Ben. It's all in the details. Oh, and who's the "we" in this: "we'd rather forget about BASEketball" ? We as in you? Have you even seen any of their other work?
David Banner on Jan 14, 2013
Only an idiot would say "we'd" rather forget about BASEketball.
Phil on Jan 15, 2013
I just want to through another one of there movies out here really quick that i don't see any one talking about. Orgazmo! ^_^ it was on netflix a couple of months ago and i think its still as funny as most there other work, but you can see there humor has gotten more mature and sarcastic.
Taylor Schriner on Jan 15, 2013
Where will "Important Studio's" be built?
Cal on Jan 26, 2013
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