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Parasite HBO Series Will Be an Original Story, Not a Remake of the Movie

Bong Joon-ho and Adam McKay’s Parasite HBO series will tell an original story “in the same universe” as the Oscar-winning movie.McKay, who is serving as one of the executive producers on the series along with Bong, the director of the 2019 movie, shared some details about the HBO limited series during a recent appearance on MTV’s Happy Sad Confused podcast. In particular, McKay offered some clarity on how the series will connect to the original movie – which told the story of two families on opposite ends of the economic scale.

Speaking about the story they have planned out for the six episodes, McKay emphasized that HBO’s Parasite will not be a remake of the South Korean thriller but rather an original series with an all-new story that takes place in the same world as the movie. “It’s an original series,” he confirmed. “It’s in the same universe as the feature, but it’s an original story that lives in that same world.”

McKay also revealed that the series is “chugging full speed ahead,” with pre-production starting to ramp up before they move onto the later filming stages. “We’re just having the best time,” he said. “We’ve just staffed up with an incredible writers’ room. I basically outlined the series with director Bong during the quarantine, with him overseeing.”

HBO’s Parasite series was previously described as “a high-quality, expanded film,” with Bong explaining how the TV show format would offer them a space to expand upon the movie and explore the different types of stories “that could happen in between the sequences you see in the film, and some background stories for each character” from the award-sweeping movie.

Parasite made history at the Oscars last year when it became the first foreign-language film to win Best Picture. The movie also picked up awards for Best International Feature, and Best Original Screenplay, while Bong became the first South Korean filmmaker to win Best Director. With armfuls of trophies, Bong tied with Walt Disney for the most Oscar wins in one night.

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In addition to its Academy Awards success, Parasite picked up a Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture in the Foreign Language category as well as a BAFTA Award for Best Film Not in the English Language. The movie also became the first non-English language feature to win the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture.

IGN’s review of Parasite commended Bong for crafting “a stellar dark comedy about class warfare” told via “a heartbreaking tale of why the haves and have-nots will stay that way, crafted by a virtuoso director at the very top of his game.” IGN also named Parasite the best movie of 2019 and one of the best movies of the past decade.

Adele Ankers is a Freelance Entertainment Journalist. You can reach her on Twitter.

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