Kendrick Lamar, Dave Free & "South Park" Creators to Produce New Comedy
By Kiani Shabazz
Grammy Award-winning rapper Kendrick Lamar, pgLang co-founder Dave Free, and, South Park co-creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker have signed on to produce a currently untitled, live-action comedy for Paramount Pictures.
The film penned by Vernon Chatman will see the past and present come to a head when a young Black man who is interning as a slave reenactor at a living history museum discovers that his white girlfriend’s ancestors once owned his. Lamar and Free are producing for pgLang, with Stone and Parker for Park Count. While production is set to kick off this spring, it seems at present that a director has not been attached.
“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.
Chatman is a four-time Emmy award-winning writer, director, and voice actor. He created Adult Swim’s The Shivering Truth and co-created the cult series Wonder Showzen, Xavier: Renegade Angel, Trigger Warning With Killer Mike, and Doggie Fizzle Televizzle With Snoop Dogg. He has also written for The Chris Rock Show, Conan O’Brien, and Louie, and has been a writer-producer on South Park for 20 seasons.
Lamar and Dave Free established their multi-disciplinary media company pgLang in 2020. The company serves as a record label, as well as a production and publishing house. The new feature penned by Chatman is their first.