The achievements of Korean Best Picture winner Parasite, which became the first foreign-language film to win the top honour at the Oscars of Monday, have already completely transcended modern filmmaking. The film is now one of the major talking points of 2020 so far and a genuine cultural phenomenon, despite the unlikelihood that anyone you know has actually seen it. Admit it, you haven't either, have you?
It would be easy enough to assume that a film like Parasite, like so many best picture winners before it, would be something of a flash in the pan. None of this is to say that it's a positive trend in pop culture, but you only have the last few decades of Best Picture winners to realise how easy it is for them to promptly fade out of the community's wider memory. Think The Artist. Think The Shape of Water. Hell, look at Green Book.
But it seems as if the story brought so vividly and charmingly to life by man of the moment Bong Joon-Ho will be sticking around for a while, with reports from Hollywood suggesting that HBO, in partnership with the Korean director, has plans to turn Parasite into an American TV mini-series.
Thankfully, HBO will be doing so with Joon-Ho acting in a production capacity — meaning it's unlikely that we'll be subjected to a bastardised American rip-off of one of the great cinematic stories told this decade.It's also thought that Adam McKay, the Oscar-winning writer, producer and director of Vice, will take the reigns on the show.
According to reports from Collider, HBO are in talks with Avengers star Mark Ruffalo to play the lead in the series, which the entertainment news outlet stresses is still in the very early planning phases. There's "there’s no official casting at this time — or even a finished script," they clarified, however when they did reach out to HBO for comment, they did confirm that it was being worked on.
“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,” the network said in a statement, meaning it's likely that the characters and plot of the show will differ somewhat from the concrete story told in the film.