Earlier this year, Trey Parker and Matt Stone signed a mega-deal with Paramount that meant not just a multiple-season renewal for South Park but fourteen specials exclusive to their streaming service Paramount+. According to new information released today, the first one will be called South Park: Post-COVID and will premiere on the service in late November.
Remember when these were called movies? That’s what Paramount originally claimed they were, but Matt and Trey have publicly corrected this. In an interview with THR they said “[Paramount] went and called them movies. They are the ones who said we are giving them 14 movies in seven years. All I can say is for me, personally, I am 52 years old, I have made three movies in my life. So you do the math.ā€¯
With each special being just an hour long, the duo are reluctant to call them movies, though that’s about the length of Dumbo or one of those early 2000s Disney direct-to-VHS movies. Stone says the specials will be “big, but not quite movie scale.”
And indeed, the plot of the first special doesn’t sound like a grandiose movie-worthy story, but more like an average episode of the show. They were reluctant to reveal too much, but their basic summary was that South Park: Post-COVID was simply Stan, Kyle, Cartman and Kenny trying to adjust back to normal life after the chaos of the last two years. Given that this series tends to be incredibly “in the now” and COVID is very much not gone yet, we’re not sure where this is really going.
What we’re actually wondering is…where is the show? It’s that time of the year. On an ordinary schedule, we’d be at least three episodes deep into a new season of South Park by now. Things like NFTs and stupid name changes to Facebook Corp are running around out there completely unmocked.
The exact reason why hasn’t been revealed, but the premiere of the actual South Park season has been moved to an early 2022 release date. Before that, the first South Park Paramount+ special will appear November 25.