"The Script Pile" is a biweekly column on Splitsider that takes a look at the screenplays for high-profile movie and TV comedies that never made it to the screen.
In 1996, a year ahead of Comedy Central picking up South Park, the show’s co-creator Trey Parker sold his first movie. Called Fuzzies, the script was written by a 24-year-old Parker, and it’s a hard-to-classify feature, different than anything Parker and partner-in-crime Matt Stone have made in the nearly two decades since.
Fuzzies is a live-action movie about a mentally disabled 9-year-old boy defending his small Colorado town from being destroyed by eight-foot-tall monsters that live in the mountains. The story contains elements of comedy, drama, action, fantasy and family films, but it’s hard to categorize it as any one of these genres, and it’s more heartwarming and less satirical than most of the stuff that’s come from Parker and Stone. Nevertheless, it’s just as strange and politically incorrect as the rest of their body of work.
Parker sold Fuzzies to Paramount and Oscar-winning producer Scott Rudin (No Country for Old Men, The Truman Show) just ahead of South Park getting picked up, with the movie set to be filmed with a $20 million budget and the studio looking to shoot it in early 1998. Parker ended up calling off the movie himself, before production began, because he didn’t want to divert his attention from South Park, which was still in its first season at the time. “The only way I could do it is if I left South Park,” he told SPIN. “They wanted to do it in January. I said no. They freaked out. They’re like, ‘How could you not want to do a Paramount movie?’” Reflecting on the experience a few years later, Parker said, “I decided to do South Park instead and I’m pretty glad I did.”
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Also here is something that is rumored to be early concept art for the film:
Viacom-owned network Comedy Central launched its app for iOS on Tuesday to replace a motley collection of clunky show-specific apps. The new application — simply called Comedy Central — offers full episodes of programs like “The Daily Show,” “The Colbert Report ” and late-night game show “@midnight” the day after they air, as well as the most recent season of “South Park,” free to anyone.
People who pay for TV through participating cable and satellite companies will get access to nearly 200 total episodes, specials, and shorts, include advance viewing of some programs and full seasons of new and past shows like “Tosh.0,” “Broad City,” “Futurama,” and “Chapelle’s Show.”
The app is available for free for iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and HumancentiPad on the App Store or at AppStore.com/cc.
The first DLC for South Park: The Stick of Truth has arrived for Xbox 360, and is available to download now from Xbox Live. The ‘Super Samurai Spaceman Pack’ contains a trio of additional outfits – Superhero, Samurai, and Spaceman – and is priced $1.99/£1.29/€1.89. No other details or images of the costumes at the time of writing, unfortunately, but if any appear we’ll update this article.
- Super Samurai Spaceman Pack, $1.99/£1.29/€1.89: Push your role playing skills to the limit with Superhero, Samurai and Spaceman outfits.
- Super Ultimate Pack, $3.99/£3.19/€3.99: Unlock the Super Ultimate Pack and pick your perk with seven exclusive Stick of Truth costumes that come equipped with special abilities. Suit up as the Necromancer Sorcerer to increase your fire damage, earn extra gold by equipping the Rogue Assassin outfit, deal extra weapon damage with the Ranger Elf costume, or raise your defense with the Holy Defender outfit. Push your role playing skills to the limit with Superhero, Samurai and Spaceman outfits.
- Ultimate Fellowship Pack, $2.99/£2.39/€2.99: Unlock the ultimate fellowship with the one pre-order pack to rule them all! Choose your class and pick your perk with four exclusive Stick of Truth costumes that come equipped with special abilities. Suit up as the Necromancer Sorcerer to increase your fire damage, earn extra gold by equipping the Rogue Assassin outfit, deal extra weapon damage with the Ranger Elf costume, or raise your defense with the Holy Defender outfit. The choice is yours, New Kid. Seize the Kingdom of South Park!
More DLC is planned for The Stick of Truth, with the initial three pieces of add-on content due to arrive first on Xbox 360. As soon as more details on any of this extra content is officially confirmed, expect to read about it right here on DLCentral.