Tony champ ‘Book of Mormon’ won’t be Oscar contender anytime soon

South Park” creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone say that, contrary to rumors, a movie version of their Tony-winning tuner “The Book of Mormon” is not in the works. As Parker told THR, “We did a stage show and it worked out way better than we ever thought, and we’d like it to be that for a while, you know, without contaminating it with a movie.”

Their savage satire on religion won nine of its 14 bids at this year’s Tony Awards: Best Musical, Director (Casey Nicholaw and Parker), Featured Musical Actress (Nikki M. James), Score (with Robert Lopez), Book, Orchestrations, Lighting Design, Scenic Design and Sound Design. 

While “The Book of Mormon” fell shy of the record dozen Tonys taken home by “The Producers” in 2001, Parker tied the achievement of Joshua Logan (“South Pacific”) with four wins in one night as a producer, director, librettist and lyricist.

Back in 1999, Parker and Stone shared in an Oscar nod with Marc Shaiman (“Hairspray”) for  “Blame Canada,” a song they penned for the film version of “South Park”; it lost to “You’ll Be in My Heart,” a Phil Collins ballad from “Tarzan.” In the small world department, Robin Williams who sang their song at the Oscars, presented the pair with the Tony for Best Score. 

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