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HBO, BONG Joon-ho & Adam McKay to Adapt PARASITE for Small Screen

Jan 21, 2020
  • Writerby Pierce Conran
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Talks Currently Underway for Limited Series

In the midst of its spectacular awards season run in the United States, BONG Joon-ho’s PARASITE (2019) has been optioned for a TV series adaptation by HBO. The series will be developed by Director BONG as well as American filmmaker Adam MCKAY, known for the films The Big Short and Vice, as well as his acclaimed HBO series Succession. HBO beat out Netflix for the rights to the series, and while deals are not yet finalized, talks are currently underway.

In an interview he had with Variety after news broke of the planned series, Director BONG explained that he envisioned the project not as a remake or sequel but rather as an “expanded film”, following which he referenced Ingmar BERGMAN’s Fanny and Alexander, a work that has both a theatrical cut and a longer five-part TV version. During a red carpet interview for the Producers Guild of American (PGA) Awards, he also mentioned that the project may be six hours long. BONG did however stress that the project was in the early stages and that much remained open.

In addition to developing the series, BONG and MCKAY will serve as executive producers, along with CHOI Doo-ha of Kate Street Picture Company’s, CJ Entertainment’s Miky LEE, CHO Young-ki and Francis CHUNG and MCKAY’s partner Kevin MESSICK from Hyperobject Industries. Also from CJ, Jerry KO will be a co-executive producer and Fred LEE is on board as a producer.

PARASITE (2019) debuted at the Cannes Film Festival last year, where it picked up the Palme d’Or, and recently earned six nominations at the Academy Awards, in the Best Film, Best Director, Best Original Screenplay, Best Editing, Best Production Design and Best International Film categories.
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