The runaway success of 2019, Bong Joon ho’s Parasite won four major Academy Awards including, Best Original Screenplay, Best Director, and of course, Best Picture, whilst capturing the attention of audiences across the world.
Speaking at Cannes 2021, where Bong Joon ho won the Palme d’Or just two years earlier, the director shared both his surprise at the film’s massive success as well as details on the upcoming spin-off TV series.
Being created in collaboration with Succession executive producer Adam McKay, the English-language TV series was first announced in January 2020 with the director revealing that it will play out much like a six-hour film. Speaking of the universal appeal of Parasite, Bong Joon ho explained, “Parasite is a film on wealthy and poor families, and that is a problem everywhere…The subject continues to have resonance in France and elsewhere… Many of (us) would like to be rich, but I think in all of us there is a fear of becoming poor”.
The director notes that the upcoming series will be a “black comedy”, and says it will be, “something of great genius, I hope… I worked with Adam McKay and he’s figuring out the scenario. We’re going to do it in the United States”.
Though it takes place in the “same universe” as the original Parasite film, Adam McKay explained in May that the show is completely original, “It’s an original story that lives in that same world”. Tilda Swinton and Mark Ruffalo have been linked to star in the series which has been picked up by HBO.
Alongside the upcoming TV series, Bong Joon ho has also recently finished one of two feature-length scripts following two separate stories, one in English, the other in Korean. As the director explains, “The Korean film is located in Seoul and has unique elements of horror and action…The English project is a drama film based on a true event that happened in 2016”.