The controversial animated show has been renewed all the way through 2022, reports say.
South Park fans can rest easy for the next few years since the show has been renewed all the way through to 2022. With the 23rd season of the show premiering on September 25, show creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone also say they have some "killer ideas" for upcoming movies—not about South Park, though.
"People have been talking about canceling us for 22 f*cking years," Parker said in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter. "In this day and age, it is more of an achievement than it was before, the fact that we are still going."
South Park is renewed through season 26! 🎉 Read this exclusive interview with Trey and Matt where they discuss the new season, cancel culture, and their plans for the future https://t.co/sLgtxviX3i— South Park (@SouthPark) September 12, 2019
The duo noted that their most recent meeting to kick off their 23rd season had been better than others in the past. "You hope when you get back that you laugh a lot, and we did today," Parker said. "I laughed harder today than I have in probably six months."
The decision to renew the show was easy for both Parker and Stone, who created a cartoon empire from characters that they thought up while at college decades ago. While both creators had stated in previous interviews that they'd consider stopping the show after they turned 40, that clearly hasn't happened yet.
"I don't think we have ever had an 'OK, let's sit down and decide if we are going to keep going,'" Parker told The Hollywood Reporter. Stone added, "I am 48. Trey turns 50 this year. So I will say that I don't think we will be doing this show when we're 60."
While, like earlier seasons, each episode of the upcoming season will be planned and produced on a week-to-week basis, the duo also has other projects on their minds - they want to make more movies.
"We think of ourselves as filmmakers, and it's like, everyone is doing TV now," Stone said. "It's like, movies, even though the movie business is all f*cked up. And everyone will tell you don't go into movies. We just want to do a movie."
While they didn't reveal much, the duo said that they have some "really f*cking killer ideas" for movies that aren't South Park themed. And Parker and Stone aren't planning to make movies just for streaming audiences.
"Theoretically, I would like it to be in theaters so people have to watch it together," Stone said, to which Parker added, "And we really like premiere parties."
"Everyone will tell you don't go into movies. We just want to do a movie," Stone says. "Theoretically, I would like it to be in theaters so people have to watch it together," Stone says. "And we really like premiere parties," Parker adds. ✔️https://t.co/DrsmuWXyEM via @thr— eric preven (@ericpreven) September 13, 2019