Trey Parker and Matt Stone are two very talented individuals. Not only are they extremely funny, but they have the ability to churn out content that few others could think up or pull off as well as they do on a consistent basis. The South Park duo turned a few heads when they set their sights on Broadway for their next venture, but the joke was on the naysayers when they walked away with nine Tony Awards for The Book of Mormon including Best Musical, Best Book, and Best Score. Given their filmography, the inevitable question arose as to whether Parker and Stone had plans to turn the successful musical into a movie.
While we reported in April that the issue had been discussed between Parker, Stone, and Book of Mormon producer Scott Rudin, we now have word straight from the horse’s mouth that a feature film version is definitely in the cards. Hit the jump to see what Parker and Stone had to say.
Speaking with EW, Parker confirmed that the eventual plan is to adapt the musical into a feature film:
“Hopefully it will have a big run and a big tour and then we can do the movie in several years.”
While Stone and Parker are no stranger to feature films, the sour and tedious experience of creating the marionette-starred Team America: World Police led to the duo professing that they likely wouldn’t be returning to the feature medium. However, The Book of Mormon debuted to a wildly positive response, with Parker’s genuine talent for writing and composing music shining bright.
Another reason why a Book of Mormon movie seems like a logical next step is that Scott Rudin, who produced the musical, is also one of Hollywood’s most successful feature producers. He’s responsible for such flicks as The Social Network, No Country for Old Men, and There Will Be Blood, so the transition from stage to screen is that much easier. Stone elaborates:
“We want to do [the movie] some day. The great thing is, a lot of Broadway teams would have to go team up with a Hollywood producer and bring on a Hollywood director, but Trey’s a director and Scott’s a great producer. We’ve all made movies. So it’s kind of cool, it can stay in the same family.”
It certainly sounds like they’re in no rush to get the movie into production. The two are really proud of the stage show (as well they should be) so I’m sure they want to make sure it has its due before being overshadowed by the big-budget version. Not to mention the fact that Parker and Stone still have South Park to write, voice, direct, and produce. The series was recently renewed for two more seasons, guaranteeing that Cartman and Co. will be on the air through at least 2013. The second half of season 15 kicks off October 5th on Comedy Central.