Parasite is getting an HBO series adaptation


People looove Parasite. They love it! Bong Joon-ho’s Hitchcockian class parable by way of high-wire thriller has been a tremendous hit since it premiered at Cannes, netting top prize there. Just this past week it won big at the Golden Globes, and it seems a safe bet for some Academy Award recognition. This writer would wager it has the potential to go all the way to the top. 

Even if there are no further awards in its future, Parasite will be sticking around for at least a little longer, with news of an HBO series from Bong and Adam McKay (The Big Short, Vice) just announced.

Worth noting is that the deal isn’t yet finalized, though HBO has come out on top following a bidding war with Netflix hot on the trigger gunning for the South Korean sensation.

Details on the adaptation are at the earliest of stages, but the limited series would reportedly be an English-language version with Bong and McKay executive producing as well as adapting the film. McKay is hot off of a Golden Globes win himself, with Succession, the media satire series he produced for HBO, taking home the the ‘Globe for Best Television Series in the Drama category.

I’ll reserve judgement for now, but can’t help but feel this is unnecessary, with Bong himself criticizing–through his generally good-nature–some audiences difficulty with appreciating subtitled films. An English language “remake,” as it were, of Parasite sort of feels like admitting defeat.

‘Parasite’ HBO Limited Series in the Works From Bong Joon Ho, Adam McKay [The Hollywood Reporter]