"The Script Pile" is a biweekly column on Splitsider that takes a look at the screenplays for high-profile movie and TV comedies that never made it to the screen.
In 1996, a year ahead of Comedy Central picking up South Park, the show's co-creator Trey Parker sold his first movie. Called Fuzzies, the script was written by a 24-year-old Parker, and it's a hard-to-classify feature, different than anything Parker and partner-in-crime Matt Stone have made in the nearly two decades since.
Fuzzies is a live-action movie about a mentally disabled 9-year-old boy defending his small Colorado town from being destroyed by eight-foot-tall monsters that live in the mountains. The [...]
After several delays, the new South Park video game, South Park: The Stick of Truth is set to finally be released. The game's developers announced this week that the game is now finished and that it'll be coming out in the US on March 4th for PC, Xbox 360 and Playstation 3. Matt Stone and Trey Parker wrote the script to the role-playing game and voiced all the characters and it looks to be a cut above previous South Park video games. The Stick of Truth was originally supposed to be released last March but was delayed and delayed again.
Check out a two-year-old trailer [...]
South Park has dealt with its one-week turnaround for years. Because of it, like Norm MacDonald once said of SNL, South Park is one of the few places where you can go to be bad. The short production schedule from writing to editing to animating to voicing gives the show some leeway with viewers. This frees Stone and Parker to try some sillier ideas; though, it also allows them to get a little attention deficit with their stronger episodes.
This season, however, the schedule has been a curse. For the first time in over a decade, Parker and Stone missed a deadline, leaving Comedy Central to air a repeat, [...]
-It was the second week of fall TV season, with the premieres of South Park, Parks and Recreation, The Michael J. Fox Show, The Crazy Ones, and more.
-SNL's new season premieres tomorrow. We looked at the biggest transitional seasons in the show's history and made a list of things looking forward to this season. Nick Rutherford, the lone member of sketch group Good Neighbor who wasn't hired this year, talked about that experience for the first time.
-Just prior to Breaking Bad's finale, we looked at creator Vince Gilligan's past as a comedy writer.
-Justin Bieber joined Zach [...]
After an impressive eight year run on the show, Bill Hader left Saturday Night Live in May and moved to the west coast. Since then, he's been keeping busy with various movie and TV projects, most notably working behind the scenes alongside Trey Parker and Matt Stone on South Park. Hader has been serving as a creative consultant and producer on the Comedy Central animated series for years now. This season, since he's now living in LA where South Park is produced, he's been bumped up to a full-time writer on the show, starting with the season premiere, which airs tonight at 10.
I recently had the chance to [...]