The world continues to ride on the dominating success of Parasite’s four-category win at the Oscars and its triumph during the recent awards season. As the first Korean (and non-English) film to be given the Best Picture gong, re-screenings of the heart-thumping thriller are rampant. You’re also able to spot chapaguri, the hybrid steak ramen dish featured in the film, trending on web cooking tutorials and supermarket inventories alike.
The newest in a streak of Parasite-related mania comes with the news of HBO acquiring the rights to extend the film into a mini-series.
Even before the Oscar wins, director Bong Joon-ho was already in talks to team up with Succession’s Adam McCay to extend the film with six hours of material, much like HBO’s popular retelling of the 1986 nuclear disaster in Chernobyl.
Bong told TheWrap in January: “I had all these key ideas accumulated from when I started writing the script… I just couldn’t include all those ideas in the two-hour running time of the film, so they’re all stored in my iPad and my goal with this limited series is to create a six-hour-long film.”
“For example when the original housekeeper Mun Gwang (Lee Jung-eun) comes back in the late-night, something happened to her face. Even her husband asked about it but she never answered. I have a story for that and aside from that, why does she know the existence of this bunker?” Bong added, “What relationship does she have with that architect to know of this bunker? So I have all these hidden stories that I have stored.”
Talks are still ongoing, but it seems set that the lead of the film, playing Kim Ki-taek, the driver, will be played by none other than Mark Ruffalo in the new adaptation. It was also revealed that he will be joined by Tilda Swinton as the female lead. Swinton is a frequent collaborator with Bong, and has also starred in Snowpiercer and Okja.