The TV adaptation of ‘Parasite’ seems like more Hollywood white-washing, but Bong Joon Ho’s involvement inspires hope

Bong Joon Ho and Adam McKay

Warning: some spoilers for “Parasite” ahead.
“Parasite” won best picture at the 92nd Academy Awards, and Bong Joon Ho won four Oscars himself.
“The Big Short” and “Vice” director Adam McKay, who also created “Succession” is teaming up with Bong and HBO to create a spin-off TV series of “Parasite.”
Mark Ruffalo has been eyed to star.

Bong told The Wrap that it will explore intriguing elements that were hinted at in the film but not explicitly explored.
However, some fans are fearful that this is just a cynical cash-in and yet another example of Hollywood white-washing a beloved Asian story.

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Before “Parasite” even won its four Academy Awards and became the first South Korean film to ever win an Oscar, as well as the first foreign-language film to win best picture, the TV-series spin-off from HBO was announced.

While some fans can’t wait to dive further into the world that Bong Joon Ho and “Parasite” so beautifully painted, other fans, including myself, are more sceptical.

Why does this need to be made? Can you really improve upon the perfection that is “Parasite”?

Why is it set in America? Will it have a Korean cast or a white cast? There is a terrible fear that this could turn out to be just another instance where the American entertainment industry white-washes a beloved, critically-adored Asian story.

What do we know so far?

So far, we know that HBO won the bidding rights after a fierce battle with Netflix — and that Adam McKay will be teaming with Bong Joon Ho to create the limited series, which will apparently run for six episodes. Bong and McKay will both executive produce.

Mark Ruffalo is being touted as an early casting possibility, although this isn’t yet confirmed. HBO told Collider: “The HBO limited series inspired by ‘Parasite’ is in the early stages of development, and to speculate on any characters or casting is wildly premature.”

We also know that the series will be five or six episodes and will pick up on intriguing elements left out of the film.

Lastly, we know that more details will likely be revealed in March after Bong has (rightly) had a well-deserved break following the mayhem of awards season.

What is worrying?

Well, firstly the train-wreck (pun-intended) that is the TV adaptation of Bong’s other feature film “Snowpiercer” does not calm any fears about this one.

“Snowpiercer” was also an international film, with Korean being spoken as well as English and starring Chris Evans, Tilda Swinton, Octavia Spencer, and Song Kang-Ho, but the TV series remake has gone through a turbulent time.

“Snowpiercer” is being adapted by HBO’s corporate sibling TNT but has been in the works for more than four years, has changed showrunners, directors, and networks, and still doesn’t have a premiere date despite a trailer going up. Bong isn’t involved at all in this one.

While we don’t officially know whether the “Parasite” series will be in Korean or English (or any other language …read more

Source:: Business Insider


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