Trey Parker and Matt Stone Are Important

Trey Parker and Matt Stone have never really been beholden to anyone or anything except themselves, even while working for one of the largest conglomerates in the world, Viacom. They just do their own thing as much as possible, but that doesn’t seem to be enough for them. It’s gotten to the point where they like themselves so much that they want to work only with themselves. Now, the creators of South Park have taken their self-love to next level by announcing that they’ve created a new, more autonomous platform to do whatever they want, satirize whatever they choose, in their important service to man and madness. More after the jump.

Entertainment Weekly:

In a press release, Parker and Stone announced the formation of Important Studios, a production company created in collaboration with the Raine Group, a self-described “boutique merchant bank.” Important Studios brings together all the Parker-Stone projects, and is valued at an estimated $300 million by The New York Times, largely because of South Park and The Book of Mormon, though surely those residuals from Baseketball helped a little bit.

In the press release, Parker and Stone explain: “Having worked with several different studios over the years, we came to realize that our favorite people in the world are ourselves. We hope to work with ourselves for a long time and are excited to now work with ourselves in a much greater capacity.” Future projects probably include a Book of Mormon film and probably don’t include a Team America: World Police Broadway show, although a boy can dream.

This is exciting news, everyone. Cutting out the middleman, the satirists will be able to work with themselves like never before. It’s them being them, but more so. Self-deprecating press release aside, it should be cool to see what they can get away with when they’re calling the shots, when oversight (see: Cartoon Wars) is lessened greatly, even made negligible during the creative process. The products would conceivably be theirs alone and that’s a fantastic prospect. And since Book of Mormon is a hot commodity right now, witnessing an unabashedly Parker-Stone-Lopezian cinematic adaptation would be a great way to kick off this new company since it has a good chance of being a subversive hit. We need more of this type of filmmaking. Let’s hope Important Studios can succeed in bringing it.