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With this recent 18th season of South Park wrapped up, I figured it would be a good time to briefly reflect on the series.
This last season contained some truly crazy episodes, with one of the season’s themes clearly based around the increased insanity of modern celebrity and technology (even more than they usually parody!) There was also a lot of continuity in a lot of the episodes, something the guys hadn’t really done throughout an entire season (although they had previously done small story arcs with some continuity, Imaginationland, The Coon, etc). The boys did everything this season from starting a company, using drones, and tangling with holograms. Pretty great stuff.
I recently learned that last year (2013), Warner Bros. Entertainment relinquished to Paramount Pictures its rights to co-finance a potential future South Park film during their negotiations to co-finance the Christopher Nolan science fiction film Interstellar. Previous efforts to create a second South Park film were complicated due to both studios retaining certain rights to the property.
Trey Parker and Matt Stone said in a 2008 interview that a theatrically released sequel would most likely be what concludes the series. However, South Park has been confirmed to continue airing on Comedy Central at least up until season 20 in 2016. In 2011, when asked on the official South Park website whether a sequel would be made, they said “the first South Park movie was so potent, we’re all still recovering from the blow. Unfortunately, at the current moment, there are no plans for a second South Park movie. But you never know what the future may bring, crazier things have happened…” — and that was almost four years ago.
In 2011, Time called South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut the sixth greatest animated feature of all time.
We may see that second South Park movie after all, but it probably won’t be for at least two more seasons of the show, (if they still want to make it the thing that ends the series) — since the show still rakes in a ton of money from viewership and merchandise for Comedy Central.