Bong Joon-Ho is known for laying out meticulous storyboards for each of his films that can feel a lot like reading a comic just to look at them. It makes sense, then, that he’d go ahead and turn the storyboards for Parasite into an official graphic novel and make even more money off the idea that some people have way too much money.
The 304-page comic, all illustrated by Bong himself, is already on sale in Korea and will soon make its way to the rest of the world. The book will include a forward by the Academy Award-winning director explaining his creative process and what went into making the storyboards a reality.
I’m all for more graphic novelizations of films. Film production can be rife with issues in budgeting, weather, and a million other things, so having the freedom to see a filmmaker’s original idea in the pages of a comic is wonderful. The most notable example that springs to mind is the Django Unchained comic that was adapted from Tarantino’s original screenplay. There are so many films in need of this treatment. Let’s hope Parasite can set off a trend.
Parasite: A Graphic Novel in Storyboards will hit store shelves May 19, 2020 from Grand Central Publishing.