The Book of Mormon

Parker and Stone

Seeing as Trey Parker and Matt Stone’s South Park is still ridiculously popular in its 16th season, they managed to make a puppet movie that was a financial success with Team America: World Police, and their Broadway musical, The Book of Mormon, has sold out an unheard of number of shows in New York, on tour, and now in a production being staged in Chicago, these guys have managed to acquire a pretty big pile of money through serving the public funny filth. One gets visions of them swimming through piles of gold coins, Scrooge McDuck style. After your creative endeavors have netted you as much as $300m, where on Earth do you put all of your money? Well, a rap mogul like Jay-Z would tell you that it’s time to start founding your own companies, taking control of your own product, and cultivating your own personal brand. And, seeing as rap moguls like Jay-Z are the closest things we have to heroes these days, Parker and Stone are about to take this exact path by taking their $300m and using it to form their own content creation studio, Important Studios. The news of this new venture comes from The New York Times, who says that the new company will work on funding projects in television and film, as well as in theater. As might be expected given The Book of Mormon’s Tony wins, the fact that it continues to generate close to $5m a week, and the fact that […]

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Last week many questioned what the end of the South Park mid-season finale “You’re Getting Old” meant for the future of the series. Many (including myself) suspected that the ending was Matt Stone and Trey Parker’s way of saying that this was indeed the final season of South Park and the show would come to a close after the fall run at the end of the year. Last night the duo appeared on The Daily Show With Jon Stewart to discuss their win at the Tony Awards for Best Musical with their critically adored musical The Book of Mormon. During the interview with Stewart they said many of their peers approached them after the episode aired, asking “are you okay? Is the show coming back?” To which their response was “yeah, South Park‘s our thing… We had fun doing the episode.”

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