Published: Mon, January 13, 2020
Tech | By Anita Cain

Bong Joon Ho, Adam McKay Developing Parasite HBO Limited Series

Bong Joon Ho, Adam McKay Developing Parasite HBO Limited Series

One of the biggest and most acclaimed films of 2019 getting the TV treatment: The South Korean drama "Parasite" will be turned into an HBO limited series from its director Bong Joon-ho and "The Big Short" filmmaker Adam McKay, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The film now in works at HBO will be helmed by Vice's director Adam McKay and co-executively produced by Parasite's director Bong Joon Ho.

No deals have officially been made yet, and it is not yet clear if the limited series would serve as a follow-up to the Golden Globe-winning film or if it would be an English-language remake.

Parasite follows the poor but cunning Kim family as they ingratiate themselves into the lives of their wealthy employers, the Parks. David Edelstein of Vulture says of the film, "What keeps you rapt in Parasite is the visual wit - every shot distills the movie's themes - and the richness of the characters and performances". McKay's partner at Hyperobject Industries Kevin Messick will also exec produce.

The prospective show would broaden McKay's scope of shows at the premium cabler, to go alongside recent Golden Globe victor Succession and the Showtime Lakers series which received a series order last month. He is also an executive producer and a director of "Succession" on HBO, for whom he is putting together a limited series about Jeffrey Epstein.

Parasite had its world premiere at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival in May 2019. CJ's Jerry Ko will be co-executive produce and CJ's Fred Lee will act as producer. The current global count of the film is over 130 million and continues to add. Parasite is considered as the potential victor for the best global feature film at the upcoming Academy Awards.

Given its perceived status in the worldwide film competition, "Parasite" appears destined to achieve at least one first.

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