Broadway Musical THE BOOK OF MORMON Likely Coming To The Big Screen

     April 25, 2011


In one of the least surprising news bites to slip out of the internet in weeks, it appears that South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone’s new Broadway musical The Book Of Mormon will likely be getting a big screen adaptation. The play opened at the Eugene O’Neill Theatre back on March 24 to rave reviews and perpetually sold out houses. The pair teamed up with Avenue Q creator Robert Lopez for the musical and as you’d predict it’s a filthy, irreverent, and hilarious look at the wild and wacky world of Mormonism.

No official deal is in place for the movie adaptation yet, but Deadline reports that Parker, Stone and producer Scott Rudin have discussed the possibility. With money coming in from the Broadway show in comically large burlap sacks delivered by the Monopoly Man, it’s only a matter of time before Hollywood lets Trey and Matt spend a bunch of money on another silly, smart, and offensive comedy for the masses. Hit the jump for more sweet, sweet details.

matt-stone-trey-parker-imageBetween cranking out seasons of South Park Trey Parker and Matt Stone have been working on the script for The Book Of Mormon for 7 years. The project started after the pair giggled like schoolgirls through the gleefully twisted Avenue Q and befriended the show’s creator Robert Lopez. They asked Lopez what he had in mind for a follow up project and he mentioned an interest in writing a musical about Mormons. Since Parker and Stone already enjoyed farting all over the religion in both South Park and Orgazmo, they quickly decided to join in. The result is a musical the pokes fun at the religion, but not the followers. Songs like “Fuck You, God” and “Tomorrow Is A Latter Day” ensure that the show is just offensive enough to please their fans, without inciting riots from any sweetly insane lads from Utah.

the-book-of-mormon-imageParker, Stone, and their longtime super producer partner Scott Rudin have discussed the idea of turning play into a movie and it’s pretty clear that they are at least interested. When asked if he thought there would be much resistance from the studios to producing a dark musical featuring a song about the importance of stifling gay urges, Parker replied, “We’ve learned in our careers that as long as something is successful, they will give you money for it. They just want to make money in Hollywood, they don’t really care. As long as the musical continues to do well, I don’t think it’s going to be hard at all.”

That’s damn exciting news for South Park fans unable to make the pilgrimage (oh religious humor) to New York for the Broadway show. Lord knows the duo were able to sneak their skewed sensibility through the studio system with South Park: Bigger, Longer, And Uncut and Team America, so it’s hard to imagine that they wouldn’t be able to do it again with The Book Of Mormon. If you want to see this bad boy make it to the big screen, book a flight to New York and buy as many tickets as you can. The more money it makes, the more likely it is we’ll see a movie version.

  • jas

    This musical is offensive on so many levels for anyone religious regardless if you are “Mormon” or not. Disgraceful. But you wouldn’t expect but less than the creators of south park I guess.

    • Richard of Norway

      That’s right. And thank god for that! :)

      This is only offensive for the few religious people with no sense of humor. Most Mormons I know (I am one myself) love South Park and have no issue with this musical.

    • Steph

      God won’t hate you for having a sense of humor, you know. It’s ok.


  • Jhan

    What’s funnier than the show is the fact that the “writers” on this blog continue to demonize members of their own readership. Do they not think the “sweetly insane” Mormons, or anyone of faith for that matter, watch movies or have gotten news from this site before?

    It’s sad that people like Phil Brown are so bigoted (though against religion) that they don’t even realize it.

  • Excited

    As a sweetly insane (albeit non-mormon) lad from Utah, I can’t wait to see this!! I hope they do a film version. Or at least do a tour to Salt Lake. Not only is the subject matter interesting, but it’s return to the classic musicals we’ve so desperately been needing. Awesome!

    And to all the people that think they have a right to not be offended, you don’t. The Book of Mormon is funny, both the play and the real thing. Matt and Trey are atheists, so they are obviously going to think all religion is ridiculous and they have a right to make a play about one of the funniest. You don’t have to watch it, but judging by the ticket sales, there is a lot of people that do. (Mormons included!) So don’t worry about it and go watch Passion of the Christ for the 200th time.

    If you are living in a true democracy, you should be offended at least once per day.

  • catt

    I’ve got some Mormon neighbors, and while I don’t get their religion, they’re cool people–even put me up in their church when I was evacuated during the California brush fires a few years back. I found out I still had a house through Mormon Ham radio operators. Shitting all over them like this just seems lame, and yes, bigoted. You cowards wouldn’t TOUCH Islam with a 10 foot pole, so I guess it’s all about the low hanging fruit with you assholes. Perhaps you can rip into the Amish next, since they’re guaranteed not to fight back either. I really thought this site was cooler than this.

    • Richard of Norway

      How is reporting about this musical becoming a movie “shitting all over them”??

      I am Mormon and LOVE South Park and want to see this. I have several Mormon friends who flew out to NYC to watch this and LOVED it! So calm down people. Mormons aren’t as offended by this as some of you seem to be.

      • John Paulson

        I would say it is fairly simple. It is called the 13th article of Faith .

        “13 We believe in being honest, true, chaste, benevolent, virtuous, and in doing good to all men; indeed, we may say that we follow the admonition of Paul—We believe all things, we hope all things, we have endured many things, and hope to be able to endure all things. If there is anything virtuous, lovely, or of good report or praiseworthy, we seek after these things.”

        Seriously, is this virtuous, lovely, or of good report, or praiseworthy?

        It is not.

  • Rev. Slappy

    I’m sure a movie version of this will be in the works a few years down the road, but not in the near future. The show is a huge hit on Broadway which means it will spawn touring productions all over the world. Conventional wisdom says making a movie will undercut the profitability of the stage show and all its iterations. Universal owns the film rights to Wicked and won’t make film version until the revenues from the show start to wane. Mormon isn’t Wicked, it’s probably going to have a more limited appeal due to how vulgar it is. But there’s no way a movie gets made while the stage show is making money hand over fist.

  • Rockslide

    The tone of this article does suggest that Mr. Brown is ignorant of how many “sweetly insane lads from Utah” frequent the site. I’m also surprised by other supposed LDS commenters who believe that this show is a great thing and to be applauded. I’m not saying that religion is untouchable in entertainment and comedy but there is a line of common decency. I feel pity for the man who respects nothing and tramples everything under foot. If nothing has value in life, what do you live for?

    • SomebodySmarterThanRockslide

      I don’t think they need pity. Especially from somebody as misunderstanding as you. Matt and Trey don’t “trample everything”. It’s not their set mission to go out and piss everybody off. If that was their mission, they’d have no show. Their goal is to make people laugh, and being a bit shocking and vulgar has been a driving force in that. Many people just see the immaturities on the surface and make their judgment just as you have, but every episode of South Park has a message, and very often it’s something profound.

      The Book of Mormon, too, has a message, and isn’t just about trampling Mormons. Have you even seen it? The song “Hasa Diga Eebowai (Fuck You, God)” is from the perspective of the African tribespeople who see nothing but misery in their lives – to the point that they feel they have no choice but to blame God for their troubles.

      The musical itself culimates in the idea that scripture isn’t the point. One missionary ruins everything by finally converting Africans to the church by lying to them about what’s in the Book of Mormon – saying things that would be more appealing to them. He got the point across using things other than scripture, and the Africans found hope and happiness through those stories when they couldn’t find hope in the Book of Mormon.

      To quote the play itself: “We are still Latter Day Saints. All of us. Even though we may have changed some things. Broken the rules. Or have complete doubt God exists. It doesn’t change who we are. We can still work together to make *this* our paradise planet.

      It’s actually a very sweet story that uses Mormonism as a “diving off point”, and ultimately expands into a story that applies people of all beliefs. (Even Mormons loved the play!)

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  • Spencer

    If you haven’t seen the musical and haven’t listened to the music then you have nothing to base your opinions on. Don’t jump to conclusions before you have knowledge.

    I saw BOM two days ago (waited for standing room tickets). There are definite jabs at the Mormon beliefs, but they are little more than jabs. If anything, you leave the musical feeling curious about the Mormon faith and maybe even a little inspired to learn more. The musical is about faith, friendship, and having fun along the way.

    I would love it to go to the movie world, but, frankly, I would rather Matt, Trey, and Bobby focus on doing another musical. Broadway can use more fantastic musicals that make you laugh and sing along. Also, I heard they are already putting together a BOM touring cast starting in Colorado (no surprise there).

    Go buy the soundtrack, enjoy, and see the show as soon as you can.

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  • Amazon Tickets

    “…see it now or find yourself asking, ‘Dear God, how do I get tickets?’ (Village Voice)”

    Having The Book of Mormon in movie form would certainly make it easier (and cheaper) to see, but there is a lot to be said for seeing a creative work in the environment it was developed for. That, and I agree with just about everything Spencer had to say about it.
    That being said, you can get Book of Mormon discount tickets for showdates in New York as late as October 2012 (so far).

  • Loki_One

    I hope this play does become a movie, as living in Florida will not afford me the opportunity to see the show on Broadway. Also, from what I understand, ticket are hard to come by as most shows are sold out.

    A move would give so many more an opportunity to see it, and to have a small diversion from the problems of everyday life.

    If you do have the opportunity to go, take it. Tickets are still available at Amazon Tickets. Or, you can wait on the movie or touring company production.

  • jim

    there is no god hahahhahahahahahahahahahahah

  • Dun dun dun

    I have not seen the musical, but ive researched it and I have the soundtrack! I’m a huge broadway fan :) I’m atheist/agnostic, I do not believe there is a God! This soundtrack, as repulsive as some of it is (think hasa diga eebowai lyrics), it is god damn hilarious! It brings light to some serious issues; religions, the Uganda situation, the hatred of homosexuals, and much more. It’s in a hilarious little box too! As a non-religious person, as a lesbian, as a third to middle class person, I love this musical! To the people freaking out, “it’s anti religious”, “blah blah blah”; my thoughts to you are to shut up and get off websites about the musical if you don’t like it! Of course it’s offensive, look at the creators, they push boundaries all the time! But to my knowledge, the category of this musical is SATIRE!? Yeah! This play makes fun of a lot of things that could upset me (I’m gay, think about turn it off lyrics) but as had been previously stated, it’s humor, I find it funny! Y’all religious nuts need to invest in a sense of humor yourselves! I mean God!

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