Warner Bros. has distributed almost every Christopher Nolan film, working with his production company Syncopy on Insomnia, Batman Begins, The Prestige, The Dark Knight, Inception, and The Dark Knight Rises. So when Paramount acquired the rights to Nolan’s upcoming sci-fi film Interstellar, Warner Bros. was understandably miffed at losing their lucrative filmmaker. So what’s a studio to do? Barter!
In order to get in on a piece of the Interstellar action and co-produce the film with Paramount, Warner Bros. agreed to give up the rights to two of their popular franchises. The franchises in question are Friday the 13th and South Park. Paramount will only have access to these properties for the next five years, at which point the rights revert back to Warner Bros. What this means is that instead of Paramount letting the deal go to waste, we will be seeing Jason Voorhees kill more teenagers sometime soon. We’re also closer to seeing South Park 2, a sequel that’s been talked about for 14 years, ever since South Park: Bigger, Longer, and Uncut was released in 1999. Of course, South Park 2 won’t be possible without the involvement of creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone, so it remains to be seen if Warner Bros. can get them on board.
Very little is known about Interstellar, but Warner Bros. must think it’s something special if they’re willing to lose two popular franchises just to be involved. A brief synopsis describes the film as an exploration of a physicist’s theories of gravity fields, wormholes and several hypotheses that Albert Einstein was never able to prove. The cast includes Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain, and Michael Caine.
Expect to hear more news about the next installments of Friday the 13th and South Park in the very near future. Until then, you can look forward to Interstellar which is set for release on November 7th, 2014.