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As a result of a deepfake video they created during the pandemic, "Sassy Justice," which has garnered over 2 million views since October 2020, "South Park" creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker went viral.
An eponymous Donald Trump reported news out of Cheyenne, Wyoming under the eponymous moniker in this 14-minute short from Peter Serafinowicz.
Deep Voodoo, Stone and Parker’s deepfake production company, produced the project as its first piece.
At the time, Stone and Parker said that "Sassy Justice" came about because they "just wanted to poke fun at because it made them less scary.
But it turns out that Parker and Stone were creating a full-length deepfake movie about Trump but scrapped it because of the epidemic. In an interview with the Los Angeles Times, they revealed the existence of the project.
It's not well known that we were days away from starting production on our first feature film since 'Team America: World Police,'" Parker said. “
On the day that the pandemic closed everything down, we were supposed to start shooting. "I was in shock after months and months of preparing for that movie to be told, 'Nope, it's over.' I started packing up my things in the office."
Apparently, Stone has put the deepfake movie on hold. Why? "It was extremely timely and its timeliness has passed," Parker noted. “To do it now, we'd need to seriously rethink it.”
Stone and Parker founded Deep Voodoo for the purpose of making a movie. “It was going to be called Deep Fake: The Movie,” Parker said.
It was about this guy who looked exactly like Trump after we deep-faked Trump's face onto him.It was so funny because it ended with Trump naked and being put through the wringer and everything, and that's why it was so timely and funny."
It was announced that Serafinowicz would voice the Trump deepfake. Stone said, “Even though the script was somewhat timely, we decided to keep the deepfake part of the studio going.”
After the pandemic halted the feature-length deepfake project, Deep Voodoo opted to work on "Sassy Justice". Using deepfake technology, the studio would later join forces with Kendrick Lamar for his viral.
"The Heart Part 5" video, in which Will Smith's face and more were put on Lamar's body. Since the video was posted on YouTube on May 8, it has received over 38 million views.
How likely is it that the scrapped deepfake movie will ever be made? “I don’t know, it could run again,” Stone said, noting there could be a timely window within which to make the project.