Deepfake is a technological tool that animates celebrities and other public figures in order to make it appear as if they are saying things they never said. The process basically transplants faces onto the body of another person to act out a scene. The creators of ‘South Park’ are working on something special with the technology, but the two recently confirmed that their deep-fake Donald Trump film is currently “on hold.”
According to the Los Angeles Times, South Park Creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone stated that their deep fake film about Donald Trump is presently “on hold.” The pair stated that the film ‘Deep Fake: The Movie’ was a day away from starting production, only to be halted by the pandemic. Parker and Stone previously collaborated with Peter Serafinowicz on the viral web series Sassy Justice.
“Not a lot of people know that we were a day away from starting production on the first feature movie we had done since Team America: World Police.”
“We were going to start shooting on the day that the pandemic shut everything down. It was months and months of getting ready for that movie, to just being like, ‘Nope, it’s over.’”
The series used deep fake technology to project the faces of celebrities and politicians onto fictitious characters. Trump, Mark Zuckerberg, and Jared Kushner were among those present. However, this web series was only the beginning of Parker and Stone’s venture into deep fake technology.
Stone also revealed information about their deepfake company. Parker went on to say more about the fake guy who looked exactly like Trump.
“We were working on a deepfake movie [with Serafinowicz]. We have a deepfake company [called Deep Voodoo], and we have all these deepfake artists working for us. Even though the script was sort of timely, we ended up keeping the deepfake part of the studio going.”
“It was going to be Deep Fake: The Movie. It was about this guy who looked exactly like Trump because we deepfake Trump’s face onto him. And it was this whole funny thing because, of course, it ends up with Trump just naked and getting run through the wringer and everything, and that’s why it was so funny and so timely.”
Stone acknowledged that the film is currently “on hold.” Parker agreed that the project will need a “major rethink” to restore its timeliness. South Park recently celebrated its 25th anniversary with an orchestral concert in Morrison, Colorado’s Red Rocks Amphitheater.
The two-night Red Rocks event will air on Comedy Central in the United States on August 13th at 10 p.m. ET and will be available to stream the following day on Paramount+. A UK release date has yet to be confirmed. We’ll also be waiting on that Donald Trump deepfake film, but Matt and Trey might also be waiting for Trump’s own legal nightmare to play out. To get the latest updates, keep an eye on Thirsty.
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