After a worldwide critical and commercial success, the film Parasite by Bong Joon-Ho is to be adapted in series in the United States. What do we already know about this project?
[Mis à jour le 05 juillet 2021 à 20h30] After his Palme d’Or and 4 Oscars, the film by Bong Joon-Ho Parasite has not finished talking about him because the director is preparing a television series in the same universe. This series, produced by HBO in collaboration with Adam McKay, who notably produces Succession for the American encrypted channel, does not intend to be an adaptation of the feature film but an addition to the universe. In an interview for Collider published in 2021, Adam McKay explained that it is an “original series. It takes place in the same universe as the film but it is an original story which takes place in the same world. “
The producer also told that Bong Joon-Ho and himself took advantage of the confinement in 2020 to write the plan for the series. The South Korean director, who was crowned at the Oscars in early 2020, says the series allows him to “create a six-hour film” in which he intends to explore all the side stories he was unable to bring up in the original film. “I have a lot of hidden stories that I had kept”. He therefore intends to use them for the series made in HBO which, however, does not have a release date for the moment.
Synopsis – Ki-taek’s whole family is unemployed. She is particularly interested in the lifestyle of the wealthy Park family. But an incident occurs and the 2 families find themselves involved, without knowing it, in a very strange story …
Bong Joon-ho is a director from South Korea whose filmography is particularly interesting. Characterized by an ability to mix genres, his feature films have regularly won awards both in South Korea and internationally. Dad of Barking Dogs but also of Memories of Murder, considered his first masterpiece, Bong Joon-ho also directed The Host but also Snowpiercer. More recently, his film Okja was broadcast exclusively on Netflix and even presented out of competition at Cannes. Parasite, his seventh film, won the Palme d’Or at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival.
When it was released in France, the press was rave about Parasite. For 20 Minutes, the feature film has everything it takes to become a cult film: “Parasite is so well packed that we want to go back there immediately”. Le Figaro confirms, the film awarded at Cannes “did not steal its gold palm”. Le Télégramme also praises the talent of the actors who “add a lot of nuances and are tasty to say the least”. The specialist magazine Première, which published its review during the fortnight in Cannes, was already wondering if Parasite would not obtain the Palme because Bong Joon-ho signs here “a film which is actually as funny as it is worrying”. Premonitory feeling since this Palm, Parasite received it well and the feature film transformed the essay into theaters!
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The Palme d’Or effect really worked for Bong Joon-ho’s Parasite! During its first theatrical release in France in early June 2019, Parasite attracted 1.724 million spectators in France. An impressive figure which marks the return in line with the choices of Cannes and the desires of the public. Parasite is the most viewed Palme d’Or in France since 2004. The French are not the only ones to have liked Parasite. The film raised a total of $ 157 million all over the world. A great adventure for the South Korean film!
Video versions of Parasite are commercially available in France. Several editions are at your disposal including a “simple” version without bonus at 19.99 € for the DVD and 24.99 € for the BluRay at Amazon or the Fnac for example. A collector’s edition with a Steelbook case with the BluRay, BluRay 4D, a bonus BluRay and the movie on DVD is also on sale on February 28, 2020. It can be ordered on Amazon or the Fnac. A collector’s box set limited to 1,500 copies was also offered for sale on the Jokers Shop, online store of the French distributor of Parasite, but it is now out of stock.
It is possible to legally obtain the film Parasite on the usual VOD platforms, whether for rental or for purchase. To rent it, it will cost you from € 4.99 on FilmoTV, UniversCiné, Canal VOD and MyTF1 VOD. The film is also available for digital purchase on these same platforms starting at € 9.99 ….