South Park is currently in the midst of a bidding war amongst streaming services, with one report stating the cost could be half a billion dollars.
The Hollywood Reporter reports that Trey Parker and Matt Stone, along with Viacom Inc., are currently entertaining offers from various streaming services for the rights to South Park. Hulu, the show's current streaming home, is in the mix, though the other parties haven't been revealed. According to THR, the price for the rights currently sits at $500 million.
Before coming to Hulu, Netflix had the rights to the show, and it's likely they're one of those in the bidding war. South Park is currently in its 23rd season, and it marks the latest hit show to enter into a high-profile competition for streaming rights.
The show, once a regular generator of controversy, is still stirring the pot. Its latest episode took shots at Hollywood, Disney, and China, with the result that South Park was banned in China—something the episode itself focused on. None of these controversies seem to be worrying streaming services, however, if the estimated price tag for the show's rights turns out to be accurate.
Starring Trey Parker and Matt Stone, South Park airs Wednesdays at 10 p.m. ET/PT on Comedy Central.