Parasite : soon to be a series on HBO ?
On winning the Palme d’or at Cannes in may 2019, Parasite could arrive soon… in series ! It is the announcement surprising this early in the month of January : Korean director Bong Joon Ho and HBO would be busy preparing an adaptation for the small screen of the film event. Adam McKay, screenwriter, director, and current producer of the series Succession, would be linked to the project.
If you haven’t seen it, you’ve missed your year 2019 (ok, ok, we’re exaggerating a little…) ! Presented at the Cannes film Festival last may and was awarded the prestigious Palme d’or, the film Korean
Parasite has bewitched the world, including France, where 1.7 million of the curious have discovered in rooms, a dubbed version in French had even then been commissioned. Parasite brings to the stage a modest family, the Kim, which will slowly but surely interfere in the lives of a rich family, the Park, with fatal consequences. Incredible but true, the movie could soon become a series. Parasite soon in the series !
Parasite might be on the road to the Oscars (he won the prize of best foreign film at the Golden Globes 2020), another project profile for Bong Joon Ho in 2020. As explained by The Hollywood Reporter, the director who had already proven with The Host, Snowpiercer , or even Okja would be in talks with HBO to write a series of suitable Parasite. The project is still vague, since we do not know if it will be an adaptation or a sequel. One thing is for sure : the project will be in English. The Hollywood Reporter makes it clear that no deal has been signed but that “ discussions are ongoing” between the filmmaker and HBO. Netflix was in the running for this adaptation, but it is ultimately up to the cable channel, which would have won the rights.
According to the info on the specialized site, Bong Joon Ho, who has written and directed
Parasite, should be working with Adam McKay for this series that they would produce also. Adam McKay is currently a producer and director Succession, rewarded with the award for best drama series and best actor in a drama series at the Golden Globes. He has also directed and written The Big Short, for which he won the Oscar for best adapted screenplay in 2016, and Vice, nominated eight times for an Oscar in 2018.