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SALT LAKE CITY -- There may soon be another movie on the market whose title bears the words The Book of Mormon. It will not be the next volume in the series started by Gary Rogers in 2003, however, and is unlikely to feature graduates of the BYU Department of Theatre and Media Arts.
Trey Parker and Matt Stone, creators of the "South Park" series, took Broadway by storm last year with their musical, "The Book of Mormon." Ultimately winning nine Tony Awards including Best Musical, it is clear that there is a market for their production. Tickets have sold out quickly, leading to a strong resell market on e-commerce platforms such as eBay and StubHub.
The rumor that a movie version of the Broadway musical is in the works was strengthened this week. Reported by Entertainment Weekly, Parker is quoted as saying, "Hopefully, it will have a big run and a big tour and then we can do the movie in several years."
The plot revolves around two missionaries, Elder Price and Elder Cunningham, who are called to serve in Uganda, despite a strong desire Elder Price expresses to serve in sunny Orlando. While a comedy, irreverent by design, the musical also navigates through complex issues such as homosexuality, sexual abuse and the HIV crisis.
Publicists for "The Book of Mormon" were contacted about the production of a movie, but have not responded. The movie is likely several years away from arriving at theaters, conceivably materializing in 2013 at the earliest. Immediate plans are to tour show, starting December 2012 in Denver. Provided the current plans remain in force, a movie can then be launched on the momentum generated by the national production.
More information on the musical, including information on acquiring tickets can be found at: www.bookofmormonbroadway.com.
Joseph Irvine is a contractor for ClearPlay. A graduate of Utah State University, he hopes to pursue a degree in law at BYU.