SOUTH PARK creators prepare TEAM AMERICA -

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SOUTH PARK creators prepare TEAM AMERICA

New movie spoofs THUNDERBIRDS, superheroes and Jerry Bruckheimer movies

By Patrick Sauriol     June 25, 2003
Source: Variety

Trey Parker and Matt Stone, the two creators behind Comedy Central's hit animated series SOUTH PARK, have a new target in sight: puppets.

The duo and writing partner Pam Brady are making TEAM AMERICA, a feature-length send-up of today's action and superhero movies, with something borrowed from the old THUNDERBIRDS TV series, namely, the use of marionettes to play the film's characters. SOUTH PARK: BIGGER, LONGER AND UNCUT producer Scott Rudin will also be along for the ride. Parker will direct the R-rated TEAM AMERICA for Paramount Pictures while Stone also produces the picture with Rudin.

"Our cast will be deliberately made of wood, but that will only be taking to the extreme what is evident in many Hollywood movies right now," Variety quoted Matt Stone as saying about the movie. "What we wanted was to do a send-up of these super important huge action movies that Jerry Bruckheimer makes."

"The subtle joke here is that all actors are puppets," adds Trey Parker in Variety report. "This will probably piss off everyone in town, and might well be our swan song."

The $20 million dollar movie will be made during the next break between SOUTH PARK seasons. The show's core concept is to follow an action hero who joins the Team America superteam to defeat an worldwide menace. With these guys creating the show, expect lots of humor at the expense of the Hollywood machine.

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