Kendrick Lamar is making a film with South Park co-creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker, and new details have now emerged, although a potential release date remains elusive.
Deadlinefirst announced the film last January, which will see Kendrick entering the movie industry by co-producing an upcoming live-action comedy film for Paramount Pictures alongside Stone, Parker and his creative partner and former manager Dave Free.
According to Above The Line, the untitled film – which will focus on a young Black man interning as a slave reenactor at a living history museum who discovers his white girlfriend’s ancestors once owned his – will now be directed by Parker. Parker and Stone will also produce the film under their Park County banner, while Free and the Grammy-award-winning rapper will produce via pgLang.
The untitled Paramount film will serve as pgLang’s first, and will hopefully begin shooting sometime this year. Filming was supposed to begin last spring but the South Park creators’ schedules reportedly got in the way.
“On behalf of Paramount Pictures and the wider ViacomCBS family, we look forward to ushering in the first theatrical collaboration from these creative visionaries, and galvanizing audiences worldwide around a powerful storytelling experience,” said Paramount Pictures’ President & CEO, Brian Robbins, in a statement back in January.
Emmy-award-winning writer Vernon Chatman will be handling the script. Aside from South Park and his well-known Adult Swim projects, Chatman has also worked with Killer Mike and Snoop Dogg on Trigger Warning With Killer Mike and Doggie Fizzle Televizzle, respectively. He was also a writer for The Chris Rock Show.
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This won’t be the first time the South Park creators have teamed up with K. Dot and Dave Free. In a lengthy sit-down with The New York Times Magazine in December, it was revealed that the famed TV duo owned a company specializing in deep fake technology and that they lent their tech to the pgLang pair for Kendrick’s “The Heart Pt. 5” visual.
“You see Kendrick turned into 2Pac, Kendrick turned into Kanye, and I think we had Eminem,” Stone told the outlet over Zoom. He told Kendrick and Dave that they could be among the first to use the technology for one of their videos, and reportedly the pair exclaimed, ‘What if we did the Jussie Smollett!”
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Eminem didn’t make the final cut, and Kung Fu Kenny instead relied on deep fakes of Kanye West, Nipsey Hussle, Will Smith, Kobe Bryant, OJ Simpson and Jussie Smollett. The video received a Grammy nomination for best music video at the 2023 awards.
Meanwhile, Kendrick Lamar is one of the names announced on the lineup for this year’s Outside Lands Festival.
The music and arts festival will take place from August 11-13 at the Golden Gate Park in San Fransisco. Tickets are available via the festival’s website.