South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone have confirmed to EW that they plan to adapt their Broadway hit The Book of Mormon for the big screen. The multiple Tony-winning comedy-musical, which stars Andrew Rannells and Josh Gad as a pair of Mormon missionaries attempting to find converts in Uganda, has been playing to sold out houses since opening this spring and a national tour is set to debut in Denver, Colo., next summer. “Hopefully it will have a big run and a big tour and then we can do the movie in several years,” says Parker, who penned the musical with Stone and Avenue Q co-writer Robert Lopez.
Parker and Stone are, of course, not short on big screen experience.
The pair previously oversaw 1993’s Cannibal! The Musical, 1997’s Orgazmo, 1999’s South Park: Bigger Longer & Uncut, and 2004’s Team America: World Police. The latter two projects found them collaborating with producer Scott Rudin (No Country for Old Men, The Social Network) who also helped birth Book of Mormon and would be the logical choice to assist them in the big screen version of the hot ticket show. “We want to do it some day,” says Stone. “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.”
Parker and Stone are currently at work prepping the second half of the current season of South Park, which will debut on Comedy Central on Oct. 5.
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