Bong Joon-ho’s Parasite is one of the best reviewed movies of 2019 and is expected to be nominated not only for Best Foreign Language Film next week but also Best Picture as well. As with any successful foreign film, however, it hasn’t taken long for Hollywood to start thinking about how they can repackage it to reach a wider audience in the U.S. Instead of going for a straight up English remake, we are hearing that Parasite is about to be turned into a TV series for HBO. What is bound to be a little more divisive is the fact that Adam McKay will also be helping to adapt it. Hit the jump to find out what we know.
According to THR, Adam McKay will team with Bong Joon-ho on a Parasite limited series for HBO. They won the rights after an intense bidding war with Netflix and although deals have yet to be finalized, talks are currently underway. McKay and Bong are expected to write and executive produce but it is still unclear who might direct.
It sounds like it will still be a retelling of the same story rather than a sequel or reimagining, but at least the change in format should make it feel less redundant. McKay has moved away from pure comedies in recent years and taken on more political material with movies like The Big Short and Vice. He is also an executive producer on the HBO series Succession. On a related note, Bong Joon-ho’s film Snowpiercer is already being adapted as a TV series for TNT although he is not involved. Would you watch a Parasite TV series?