Bong Joon-ho Tells Us More About The Series Remake Of 'Parasite'

It won't be a simple remake, but rather an English language extension of the director's black comedy.

A Palme d’Or, a Golden Globe and six nominations for the 2020 Oscars, including Best Film and Best Director. Parasite is already the film of the year for Bong Joon-ho's many fans. With his success in the USA, the South Korean director is currently negotiating several projects to expand on the movie, including an American remake and a mini-series adaptation for HBO, co-written with Adam McKay (Vice).

Shortly after being nominated for the Oscars, Bong Joon-ho gave an interview to Deadline about Parasite's journey to the small screen. The project isn't just a remake but rather an extension of his tragicomic universe, which he described as an eight-hour movie:  

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"I really liked Adam McKay’s The Big Short and I loved his sense of humour, and the sharp satire he conveyed about the current American politics. With Parasite, while I was writing the script I had so many more ideas I couldn’t convey into the two-hour running time of the film. I knew that if I had a longer running time, I would be able to tell these stories, and I that’s what I plan to talk about with Adam pretty soon.

Though I’m not very familiar with the TV industry, I really consider this limited series an expanded film that can delve deeper into the stories that didn’t make it into Parasite. Adam McKay and HBO have created the amazing show Succession, so they’re very reliable and amazing partners to have."

Although the full details of the adaptation aren't yet known, it'll be an English language remake aimed at the US audience. While we wait for the mini-series to be released towards the end of 2020 or start of 2021, we hope to see Bong Joon-ho take home the Oscar for Best Director at the ceremony to be held on February 9. The director also has two other films in the pipeline, including a realistic drama inspired by a CNN article and a horror thriller set in Seoul.

Article translated by: Eleanor Staniforth

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By Adrien Delage, published on 15/01/2020

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