Last week it was revealed that HBO was looking to transform PARASITE into a limited series, the critically acclaimed film by Bong Joon-ho that revolved around members of a poor household who plan to become employees of a much richer family posing as by highly qualified and unrelated individuals. With the film recently receiving Oscar nominations for Best Film, Best Director, Best Original Screenplay and Best International Film, Bong Joon-ho has revealed some more details about this upcoming television adaptation of his film.
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Bong Joon-ho will create the PARASITE limited series along with Adam McKay (VICE), and Bong told Deadline that he “I really liked Adam McKay’s THE BIG SHORT and I loved his sense of humor and the acute satire he conveyed about current American politics.” When it comes to why is moving forward with a television adaptation of PARASITE, it all comes down to including all the ideas that it could not include in the feature film.
With Parasite, while writing the script, I had many more ideas that I could not convey to the movie’s two-hour runtime. I knew that if I had a longer runtime, I could tell these stories, and that’s what I plan to talk to Adam very soon.
Bong Joon-ho pointed to FANNY AND ALEXANDER of Ingmar Bergman as proof that an expanded film could work on television. “Although I’m not very familiar with the television industry, I really believe that this limited series is an expanded film that can deepen the stories that did not reach the parasite,“Bong said.”Adam McKay and HBO have created the incredible Succession program, so they are very reliable and amazing partners.“As to whether the television series will be in English or Korean, Bong Joon-ho told Variety that it has not been decided.”We are still in the early stages,” he said. “I will soon meet with Adam to talk about the setup. For now, many things are open.“
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Our own Chris Bumbray caught PARASITE when it was screened at the Toronto International Film Festival last year, and although he detested diving into spoiler territory in his criticism, he called the movie “nervous and completely unpredictable“while praising the performance of Song Kang-ho (SNOWPIERCER)”.[The actor delivers] another imposing performance that is a strong contrast to the adorable doll that seems to be playing initially,“Bumbray said.”It encourages us to laugh at their poverty from the beginning, making the audience somehow guilty of what comes next, as for Bong Joon-ho, it is obvious that there is nothing funny about poverty or elitism. This is a parable for our time, but beyond that, it is also a tremendously entertaining movie.“