Hot on the tails of the Golden Globes, and fanning the flames of Oscars buzz, some pretty exciting things are happening in the TV world.
On Wednesday, The Hollywood Reporter announced that writer and director Bong Joon Ho’s latest film Parasite, which was widely praised by critics and movie goers alike, is being adapted for the small screen as a limited series at HBO. You know what that means: more incredible storytelling, more powerful class commentary, and of course, more brilliant and unexpected plot twists. Sign us up.
ICYMI, Parasite took home the Palm d’Or award at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival, won Best Motion Picture — Foreign Language at the Golden Globes, and is the second foreign film to ever be nominated for a Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture. If that wasn’t impressive enough, Parasite is — to no one’s surprise — an Oscar hopeful. So, safe to say Bong Joon Ho is on a roll right now.
Even better, Bong represents one half of a TV dream team for this particular project. The director will be working alongside Adam McKay, the writer-director-producer (and sometimes actor) known best for his work on The Big Short, Vice, and the HBO drama Succession. And, if that wasn’t enough, Succession also just picked up a Golden Globe for Best Drama Series this past Sunday. So, safe to say Adam McKay is also on a roll right now.
For those unfamiliar with Parasite, the film lies somewhere between a dark comedy, a drama, and a thriller — basically all our favourite genres, tied into one twisted package. Without giving too much away (trust us, you don’t want spoilers for this one!), the story follows a financially unstable, but notably savvy family as, one by one, they manage to integrate themselves into the lives of a wealthy family who employs them. As with most thrillers, things don’t quite go according to plan… and the consequences are sure to shock you.
RELATED: Nicholas Braun picks his favourite ‘Succession’ meme
Of course, news of an English-language TV adaptation has fans wondering: what will the limited series look like? Could it act as a sequel, following the lives of the same characters after the events of the film? Or possibly an expanded remake, telling the story from different points of view? Will it be in English or Korean? And who will star?
With the HBO deal still in the works, we’ll have to wait for more creative details to surface. But we have no doubt that Bong and McKay have something great — or should we say, wicked — up their sleeves for this.