May 26, 2017

“Book of Mormon” movie isn’t happening any time soon

By Sean O’Connell Given the fact that tickets to the Broadway smash “The Book of Mormon” are sold out from now until the 2014 Winter Olympics, co-creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone excited fans when they discussed their idea of a feature-film adaptation in a recent interview.

Today, they clarified that it isn’t happening any time soon, though.

“We said, ‘Yeah, I think we could do a Book of Mormon movie,’ and they were like, ‘Book of Mormon Movie! It’s coming!’” Parker tells THR of an enthusiastic press corps’ reaction to the possibility of a movie.

Can you blame us, though? Parker and Stone have a massive hit on their hands. Several smash Broadway shows, from “Rent” to “Mamma Mia!,” have made the transition to the big screen. And Parker and Stone have had success in film, as well, with the absurdly funny “Team America: World Polce” and the underrated “BASEketbell.”

“We did a stage show and it worked out way better than we ever thought, and we’d like it to be that for a while, you know, without contaminating it with a movie,” Parker tells THR of the duo’s Tony-winning behemoth.

They were speaking to the trade on the eve of “South Park’s” return, as the hit animation series prepares to begin its 15th season. The show returns to Comedy Central on Oct. 5 at 10 p.m.

As for a “Mormon” movie … in good time, but not any time soon.

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About Sean O'Connell

Sean O'Connell is a nationally recognized film critic. His reviews have been published in print ('The Washington Post,' 'USA Today') and online (AMC, MSN's Citysearch) since 1996. He's a weekly contributor to several national radio programs. He is a longstanding member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA), the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS), and the Southeastern Film Critics View all articles by Sean O'Connell Association (SEFCA).

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