Deepfake Movie, Tegridy Weed, Musical: ‘South Park’ Creators Share What They Have Planned for $900m Deal

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In case you missed the news, South Park creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker recently made a massive (seriously, MASSIVE) deal with ViacomCBS worth upwards of $US1 billion when including expenses such as film and show budgets.

The announcement came with a few details on what would be included in the new agreement. South Park will continue on Comedy Central until at least season 30 in 2027 and a whopping 14 South Park movies (several of which will head to Paramount+) will be produced. Bloomberg also reported at the time that Stone and Parker were looking to craft a new video game, a weed company, and a documentary series.

We now have a bit more to go on from Stone himself. In an interview that Bloomberg has now published, Stone confirmed a few of the endeavours they would undertake under the deal – and also unveiled a plan for a “deep fake movie”!

First all, Stone pointed out that he and Parker won’t just be using the bags of cash heading their way over the deal’s nine years to get new watches. After all, as Stone amusingly said, “We’ve been rich for a long time.” Instead, “We’re a media company. We use the proceeds from this to invest.”

As for those other investments: “These are multi-year projects we invested a bunch of money in,” Stone explained. “We have a South Park 3D video game, release date unknown. 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.”

One can only image what kind of craziness they could cook up using deepfake technology, which essentially uses machine learning to create creepily uncanny likenesses ( for example, here’s Tobey Maguire replacing Tom Holland as Spider-Man). So, if Stone and Parker want to poke fun at anyone, they can almost have those very individuals take part.

Plus: “We have a horror movie. A musical. I think we’re really for the first time going to bring Tegridy Weed into real life.”

As South Park fans will know, the “Tegridy Weed” that Stone refers to is the weed that Randy grows on a cannabis farming business he decides to tackle in season 22. With recreational cannabis now legal in 19 states in the US and medical-purposed cannabis now legal in 37 states, the weed biz is a smart one to be in.

The documentary series, Stone said, will come to life incorporating footage that Arthur Bradford and his crew have been gathering over eight or nine years. A longtime friend of Stone’s, Bradford directed and produced Comedy Central’s 2011 documentary 6 Days to Air: The Making of South Park, which looked at the crazy schedule the team had to deliver season 15 opener ‘HUMANCENTiPAD’.

Big things ahead for South Park fans and followers of all things Stone and Parker! Stay tuned…

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