Bong Joon-Ho reveals more details about the planned Parasite TV series
Parasite grabbed six Oscar nominations earlier today, with Bong Joon-Ho's dark comedy capitalising on its award season buzz. It follows on from news last week that Bong was to collaborate with Adam McKay to create a limited TV series on HBO and the South Korean director revealed more details about the project when speaking to Deadline today.
“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,” Bong said. “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 that’s what I plan to talk about with Adam pretty soon.”
He added: "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."
Fans of Parasite are divided on whether turning the film into a limited TV series is a good idea or not, but it will guarantee more exposure for Bong, which can only be a good thing for his next film project and for other directors of non-English language films attempting to crack the North American market.
As of January 10 2020, Parasite has made a worldwide total of $131.4 million and should eventually make it into the 50 highest-grossing films that are not primarily in the English language.