‘Parasite’ TV Series: Bong Joon Ho Reveals Expanding Backstories Of Movie Characters
The award-winning Korean comedy and thriller “Parasite” is set to become a TV show on HBO. Up for a limited release, the show will be developed by writer/director Bong Joon-Ho alongside Adam McKay, the executive producer of “Succession.”
According to the director, “Parasite” TV series will be an expanded version of the movie. Though plot details have not yet been revealed, Bong hinted it might be an exploration of the backstories of the movie’s characters.
“When I think of a limited series, I really think of it as an expanded film. Like Ingmar Bergman’s ‘Fanny and Alexander,’ you have a three-hour theatrical version and a three-hour TV version. So my goal is to create a high quality an expanded version of ‘Parasite,'” the director said.
When I was writing the script I had so many more ideas I couldn’t convey into the two-hour running time of the film,” Bong added. “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.”
The “Parasite” TV series ended up on HBO after a bidding war with Netflix. The movie followed a poor family as they slowly ingratiated themselves in their wealthy employers lives. Through a series of twists, the film, which started out as a comedy, came to an unexpected deadly end.
“Parasite” became a massive global hit with over $130 million at the box office. It has also been raking awards at the Golden Globes and the Screen Actors Guild. The movie is pegged as a top contender for Best Picture at the Oscars. It’s also on the top 10 list of movies to watch from 2019 for former President Barack Obama.
Bong also made the movie “Snowpiercer” and “Okja.” “Snowpiercer” is also going to be a TNT TV series but Bong is not attached to the project.