HBO developing series adaptation of ‘Parasite’

If you haven’t seen Bong Joon Ho’s Parasite you are doing yourself a disservice. It was on Reel 360’s Best Films of the Year. Now, HBO is reportedly developing a series adaptation of the critically acclaimed 2019 South Korean film. 

The film’s director, Bong Joon Ho, will collaborate on the new series along with filmmaker and “Succession” executive producer Adam McKay. Without giving too much away [because you should really see it], the genre-bending film deals with a conflict between two families from different social classes. According to Deadline, the project was being actively pursued by other networks and streaming platforms, including Netflix.

The film, which revolves around the members of a poor family who together scheme to work in a wealthy household by posing as unrelated, highly qualified help, has become a global phenom, grossing $130M worldwide so far ($24M in the U.S.) with one of the most talked about movie endings in years. Watch the trailer below:

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Bong and McKay will executive produce with Choi for Kate Street, Miky Lee, Cho Young Ki and Francis Chung for CJ Entertainment and Kevin Messick for Hyperobject Industries. CJ Entertainment’s Jerry Ko is co-executive producer and Fred Lee is a producer. The project is a co-production of Kate Street Picture Company, CJ Entertainment and Hyperobject Industries.

Directed by Bong Joon Ho and written by Bong and Han Jin Won, Parasite stars Song Kang Ho, Lee Sun Kyun, Cho Yeo Jeong, Choi Woo Shik, Park So Dam, Lee Jung Eun and Chang Hyae Jin.

The film won the Palme d’Or at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival, recently picked up the Golden Globe for Best Foreign Language Film, and is expected to receive a few Oscar nominations as well.