South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone have signed a deal that calls for the pair to develop 14 movies, together with a new game and more seasons at Comedy Central.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the new deal with ViacomCBS’ MTV Entertainment Studios covers the development of 14 original South Park movies that will debut exclusively on Paramount+, beginning with two this year, as well as a multi-season renewal of the flagship series through to its 30th season in 2027, coinciding with the show’s 30th anniversary year.
“Franchising marquee content like South Park and developing new IP with tremendous talent like Matt and Trey, is at the heart of our strategy to continue growing Paramount+,” said Chris McCarthy, President/CEO of MTV Entertainment and CCO of Adult Animation at Paramount+, revealing that Parker and Stone will be working on new original content outside of South Park.
The entire South Park library is currently streaming on HBO Max, except for five of the show’s most controversial episodes. The 23rd season of South Park aired in 2019 but has been on hiatus ever since due to the COVID-19 pandemic, apart from two hourlong specials — last October’s Pandemic Special and March’s South ParQ Vaccination Special.
“Comedy Central has been our home for 25 years and we’re really happy that they’ve made a commitment to us for the next 75 years,” said Parker and Stone in a statement. “When we came to ViacomCBS with a different way to produce the show during the pandemic, [they] were immediately supportive and enabled us to try something new.
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“We can’t wait to get back to doing traditional South Park episodes but now we can also try out new formats,” the pair added, speaking about the evolution of the franchise and their upcoming creative endeavours, which includes a new 3D video game set in the world of South Park, per Bloomberg.
Jason Schreier mentioned on Twitter that it’s currently unclear who is publishing the new South Park game, nor who is developing the new adventure, though he noted that the last two games (2014’s South Park: The Stick of Truth and 2017’s South Park: The Fractured but Whole) were both published by Ubisoft.
Alongside their expansive new deal, Parker and Stone are also looking to buy Casa Bonita, the iconic restaurant that famously featured on their hit show. The company that owns the Colorado eatery, Summit Family Restaurants, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in April, having been shuttered for more than a year due to the pandemic.
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