Team America: According to Variety, Paramount Pictures has sky-high hopes that action spoof Team America by "South Park" honchos Trey Parker and Matt Stone can be ready for a pre-election release.

Though it hasn't been given an official opening date yet, Team America has generated positive buzz since it began shooting last month. The studio's best-case scenario for the film, starring marionettes and produced by Scott Rudin and Stone, would be an Oct. 22 release for the film, which would serve as an R-rated comic tonic to the barrage of election news this fall.

Story -- written by "South Park" scribes Parker, Stone and Pam Brady -- centers on a prototypical action hero who's drafted to help Team America thwart the world's evil forces. Much of the cast will get splintered.

Parker and Stone have been shooting the movie during a break from their Comedy Central series "South Park." The film will cost roughly $20 million.

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Brian B.