The first of 14 South Park movies being created with Paramount+ will come to screens earlier than anticipated, with the first two slated for release this year.
At the Paramount+ panel during the Television Critics Association panel, ViacomCBS exec Tanya Giles confirmed that two films will be released per year from 2021 until 2027, for a total of 14 movies.
South Park creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker opened up earlier in the summer about the mega deal they signed with with ViacomCBS worth $900 million to create six more seasons of the hit cartoon and 14 movies.
"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," Parker and Stone said in a statement.
"When we came to ViacomCBS with a different way to produce the show during the pandemic, Chris (McCarthy), Nina (Diaz), Keyes (Hill-Edgar) and Tanya (Giles) were immediately supportive and enabled us to try something new that turned out to be really well received.
"We can't wait to get back to doing traditional South Park episodes but now we can also try out new formats. It’s great to have partners who will always take a chance with us."
President-CEO of MTV Entertainment and leading exec at Paramount+ Chris McCarthy said: "Matt and Trey are world-class creatives who brilliantly use their outrageous humor to skewer the absurdities of our culture and we are excited to expand and deepen our long relationship with them to help fuel Paramount+ and Comedy Central.
"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 Plus."
Stone and Parker have already teased what some of the movies might cover.
Speaking to Bloomberg, Stone said: "We're doing deep fakes. We have a studio with a dozen people who are deep fake artists. We're working on a little more of this deep fake movie we're trying to piece together.
"We have a horror movie. A musical… We have a documentary crew that's been following us for years in this deal."
Stone added: "Now we're older, and the idea of what streaming movies can be is pretty promising. We do whatever we want, and they are pretty supportive of it. We're the luckiest guys in TV in that way."
South Park airs on Comedy Central. It's also available via streaming services including Amazon Prime Video and NOW in the UK, with selected episodes on Netflix. In the US, it's also available on HBO Max.
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