The makers of South Park have cleared up about a Donald Trump deepfake film that is still “on hold”.
Trey Parker and Matt Stone revealed that the film — titled Deep Fake: The Movie – was in the works during lockdown before finally being shelved.
That’s what the duo said Los Angeles Times that her short video Naughty Justicethat went viral in 2020 was just the beginning of their foray into deepfake technology.
The term “deepfake” refers to a video that used artificial intelligence and deep learning — an algorithmic learning method used to train computers — to make a person appear as if they were saying something they didn’t say.
Naughty Justice is a web series created by Parker, Stone and Peter Serafinowicz that uses this technology to insert celebrities and politicians – including Trump, Mark Zuckerberg and Jared Kushner – into the fictional world of a TV reporter.
“Not many people know that we were just a day away from beginning production on the first feature film we had made since Team America: World Police‘ Parker told the publication.
“We wanted to start filming on the day that the pandemic brought everything to a halt. It’s been months and months preparing for this film before you just said, ‘No, it’s over.’”
Stone continued, “We’ve been working on a ‘Deep Fake’ movie [with Serafinowicz]. We have a deep fake company [called Deep Voodoo], and we have all these deepfake artists working for us. Although the script was pretty timely, we kept the deepfake part of the studio going.”
Parker said, “It would be Deep Fake: The Movie. It was about this guy who looked exactly like Trump because we fake Trump’s face on him. And it was this whole funny thing, because of course it leads to Trump just being naked and going through the mangle and everything, and that’s why it was so funny and so timely.
The film is now “kind of on hold,” Stone said.
Parker said the film would require a “major rethink” if they were to move forward with the project.
“It was very timely and the recency of it is gone,” he said.
https://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/films/news/south-park-donald-trump-deepfake-b2142094.html South Park creators discuss their deepfake Donald Trump movie that was never made