If you're anything like us, you haven't seen Book of Mormon yet. The Tony Award-winning musical from South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone and Avenue Q co-writer Robert Lopez, about a couple of hapless Mormon missionaries attempting to share their beliefs in war torn Uganda, is playing to sellout audiences on Broadway, so even if we did in fabulous New York City we probably wouldn't have been able to get in. We were holding out for the perhaps inevitable movie… but today we learned we'll be holding out for a few years, at least.
In an exclusive from Entertainment Weekly, Trey Parker revealed his plans to eventually make a Book of Mormon movie, but only after the nationwide tour, which could last a while.
Quoth the Parker: "Hopefully it will have a big run and a big tour and then we can do the movie in several years."
Most of Trey Parker and Matt Stone's film projects have of course been musicals, or at least had musical numbers. South Park: Bigger, Longer and Uncut surprised a lot of people by being a hardcore (and Oscar-nominated) musical, including an elaborate homage to Les Miserables. Of course their first film, Cannibal: The Musical was a musical, but even the Jerry Bruckheimer parody Team America: World Police tacked on a couple of memorable ballads from the likes of Korean dictator Kim Jong-il. So until Book of Mormon finally goes in front of the cameras, we'll always have such memorable little cinematic ditties as these (SERIOUSLY NSFW):
Photo Credit: Joan Marcus, 2011