Trey Parker and Matt Stone have brushed off accusations they stole the concept to the Farrelly Brothers' upcoming movie The Ringer and incorporated it into a 2004 South Park show.
Screenwriter Ricky Blitt tells Daily Variety he showed a copy of his The Ringer script to the South Park creators before it was snapped up by the Farrellys.
But the South Park creators insist they had no idea Blitt's treatment existed before they came up with the idea for their show, in which Cartman feigns mental illness so he can compete in the Special Olympics.
Stone says, "It's hard for Trey and I to hear them come down on us like we ripped off an idea. I met Bob Farrelly once for about four minutes. I never met anybody else, neither has Trey, and we knew nothing about their movie.
"We thought of the idea for that episode early on, but we couldn't make it for two or three seasons. When the show expanded, we were able to make it. I don't think it means that much; if The Ringer is a good movie, it will do well.
"And I remember wanting to remake King Kong 10 years ago. Does that mean I was ripped off? I wish they wouldn't attack us."
The Ringer features Johnny Knoxville entering the Special Olympics in a bid to pay off a debt.
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The Farrelly Brothers have accused South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone of stealing their movie idea for an episode of the hit animated show.
According to publication Daily Variety, There's Something About Mary filmmakers Peter and Bobby are convinced Parker and Stone drew on their proposed movie The Ringer for a 2004 South Park episode in which Cartman pretends to be mentally ill in order to compete at the Special Olympics.
The Ringer writer Ricky Blitt tells Variety, "When you think of a premise so radical it's unmakable, you hang in for seven years to see it through, it is a shock to the system to have people on websites saying, 'You hack, you stole this from South Park.'
"I set this up so long before that episode was conceived. It is bad enough to have your idea taken: It's 1,000 times worse when you are then accused of stealing.
"There is no way those guys didn't know we were making this very movie as they took it upon themselves to do that episode. They know what they did and they know it was wrong. Period. These are guys I have always respected, but what they did was very creepy."
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