Trey Parker and Matt Stone say they will definitely make a 'Book of Mormon' movie -- EXCLUSIVE

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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  • Lala

    This makes me really happy!! :D

    • Bob

      I think they are secret mormon converts and was amazing

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  • guillaume

    you forgot to mention basketball. I know it was horrible and we are all trying to forget it though

    • Robert

      Probably because they just acted in Baseketball – Trey Parker didn’t direct that.

    • Gary

      at what point did you find baseketball to be horrible?? that movie was hilarious!!

  • Agustina

    Oh yes! I don’t live in the US so I can’t watch the musical, but I would buy a ticket to the movie without a doubt! Can’t wait to watch it!

  • Allie

    Sweet! Can’t wait to watch it!

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  • ted thorne

    Sounds fantastic. Especially as the Southpark episode All About Mormons was hillarious stuff.
    Can’t wait for the movie.

  • jj

    Looking forward to the movie.

  • SC

    It’s too bad the original cast won’t be able to do the film (age and all that), but I’ll be interested to see how they handle it.

    In particular, I think the intensely artificial nature of the stage is rather important to the film’s satire, so I’ll be interested to see how they would depict Uganda (a Uganda that was too realistic wouldn’t really fit, I don’t think).

  • whywhy

    why mormonist do that DRAMA and pride in the book of mormon.
    god the father and son jesus christ doesn’ t like it that way

  • jm

    Why does everything have to be made into a film? It undermines the original production (be it book, play, real life, or otherwise) when it is converted into a movie. Let the musical remain on stage and create something original for the big screen. My two cents.
    And, I don’t know, maybe I’ll feel different in a few years.

    • SC

      So more people can see it? Only a tiny fraction of the world’s population has access to Broadway (or even to touring companies). Films can be viewed by people all over the world. And in no way does it undermine the original; the original still exists; if anything, it draws more attention to the original.

      • Mike

        Yeah, I would love to see this made into a movie. Stone and Parker are smart guys and they would be careful with this.

        You can make two great things from the same material. I mean almost all the classic horror monsters started out as books, then plays, then movies.

    • cdawg

      They originally wanted to do it as a movie (if I remember correctly) but it just ended up becoming a musical. If anyone can do an awesome adaptation of their own broadway musical, it’s going to be Trey and Matt.

  • Suzanne

    I have been waiting on tickets to Broadway ….can’t wait to see the musical. I know if the musical is an award winner, the movie will be the the same! Kudos to Trey and Matt! Wishing you guys many more years of well deserved success.

  • wendell

    I’m a mormon and i think all this exposure is great. I saw the South Park where they make fun of mormons and they are fairly accurate in their portrayal. They just do it in such a way to make my religion look weird and that’s ok i. The more exposure they give us the more we’ll grow. Even if the exposure is negative.

    • Steve Sabol

      “God said go to your backyard and start digging. That makes perfect sense!” – Elder Cunningham

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    • Alan

      I’m not sure they had to add much to make Mormonism look strange … but altogether I think they give a positive portrayal of Mormons.

  • Douche

    Awesome news!!! I cant wait. I wish these guys would make more big screen stuff!!!

  • Michelle

    Yay! I’ll hope that the tour comes to where I live while waiting patiently for the movie. :)

  • Erin

    Please just film the Broadway production and produce THAT as a “movie” It would be SOOOOOO much better and breathe more NEEDED life into musical theatre. I dont want to watch a Book of Mormon movie…


    Matt and Trey ANIMATE the movie like South Park. THAT i’d pay big bucks to see for SURESIES.

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