"South Park" creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker have chosen to create their own movie studio. According to Reality TV World on Jan. 14, Stone and Parker will operate their studio with the help of The Raine Group.
The Raine Group is a "boutique merchant" that works with entertainment, digital media and sports. The group will supply money and be a minority owner in Important Studios.
Parker and Stone made their name with their immensely popular animated television series "South Park" featuring a quartet of foul mouthed elementary school students in South Park, Colo. They also took the franchise to the big screen with "South Park: Bigger, Longer, Uncut," in which the duo won an Oscar for Best Song.
The duo have also made a Troma-financed movie in "Cannibal! The Musical," a puppet movie with "Team America: World Police," and a spoof of the Mormon religion with "Orgazmo." Most recently they took Broadway by storm with another Mormon based comedy show called "The Book of Mormon," which won the boys nine Tony Awards.
"Having worked with several different studios over the years, we came to realize that our favorite people in the world are ourselves," Parker and Stone said in a joint statement Monday. "We hope to work with ourselves for a long time and are excited to now work with ourselves in a much greater capacity."
When and what their first project with Important Studios will be is still unknown.
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Shawn S. Lealos is a member of the Oklahoma Film Critics Circle, the professional film critics’ organization of Oklahoma. He is also working on a book about the Stephen King dollar babies called “Dollar Deal.” To read more of his writing, visit shawnlealos.net.