“Parasite” Director Bong Joon Ho Says HBO Adaptation Would Resolve Unanswered Questions From Film

Director Bong Joon Ho has shared some insight into his vision for a new six-hour version of “Parasite.”

Earlier this month, it was revealed that Bong Joon Ho was in talks to produce a limited series based on “Parasite” for HBO alongside Hollywood director Adam McKay.

Although it still remains unclear whether the miniseries would be a remake of the film or a spin-off—and whether the adaptation would be in English or Korean—Bong Joon Ho has now shared some of his ideas for the planned project.

In an interview with American news outlet TheWrap, Bong Joon Ho explained, “I had all these key ideas accumulated from when I started writing the script. I just couldn’t include all those ideas in the two-hour running time of the film, so they’re all stored in my iPad, and my goal with this limited series is to create a six-hour-long film.”

The director went on to specifically raise a couple of unanswered questions about the character of Gook Moon Gwang (played by Lee Jung Eun) from the original film.

“For example,” he pointed out, “when the original housekeeper Moon Gwang comes back in the late night, something happened to her face. Even her husband asked about it, but she never answered.”

“I know why she had the bruises on her face,” continued Bong Joon Ho. “I have a story for that, and aside from that, why does she know the existence of this bunker? What relationship does she have with that architect [the original owner of the house] to know of this bunker? So I have all these hidden stories that I have stored.”

After becoming the first Korean film ever to win the prestigious Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival last year, “Parasite” has been making history by raking in the awards during this year’s award season. Amongst other achievements, the movie recently became the first foreign-language film to win the Best Ensemble award at the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Awards, as well as the first Korean film ever to win a Golden Globe Award. It is currently nominated for six Academy Awards, including Best Picture.

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