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It looks like Trey Parker and Matt Stone are ready to catch a breath from South Park animation by creating two live-action films for Paramount.
Stone, Parker for All American and Giant Monsters Attack Japan!
According to Variety, South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone have re-christened their Paramount-based shingle Important Pictures with two live-action projects.
The duo will first make the Jeff Roda-scripted high school comedy My All-American. They plan to follow with Giant Monsters Attack Japan!, a film scripted by J.F. Lawton ("Under Siege") that will combine live-action with the "rubber suit" techniques made popular in Asian imports like Godzilla.
Parker will direct each film and Stone produce; both will work on the scripts with the writers.
My All-American will sport a young cast, marking the first time Parker and Stone have worked with real actors since the pre-South Park features Cannibal: The Musical! and Orgazmo.
Parker and Stone are aiming for a 2007 production start, timed to a hiatus from South Park, which this week launched its 10th season.
"Neither of these movies feel like vehicles for big stars, but this will be our opportunity to find out if there are any actors left who want to work with us," Stone said.
"We learned from the last two films that these can't all be self-generated," Stone said. "Trey and I are script whores, so we'll be very involved in shaping these projects. We've averaged a movie every five years. We'd like to make more and produce films that give other directors a chance."