If this were a Bong Joon-ho movie, then we’re somewhere in the first act, with the filmmaker ominously holding an orange over HBO executives. At least it feels that way after the filmmaker agreed to produce a limited series adaptation of his cinematic triumph, Parasite, for the premium cable network; a move that proved fortuitous after the film swept the 2020 Academy Awards, winning Best Picture, along with Best Directing and Screenplay Oscars for Bong, along with Best International Feature Film. Indeed, many, including ourselves, consider it to be one of the best movies of the decade.
The Parasite TV series news hit back in January out of HBO’s TCA, which revealed that the network beat Netflix in a bidding war for the bundled project that sees Bong attached to an American adaptation of the film, alongside executive producer and co-writer Adam McKay. Thus, the pair are expected to adapt the film together on top of executive producing the project. Of course, this project will bring its own pedigree with McKay, who after spending the 2000s directing many Will Ferrell comedies, is an Oscar winning writer for his work on The Big Short, as well as a Best Director nominee for that film and Vice.
In the latest news on HBO’s Parasite TV series, it appears that a big-name headliner is being eyed, specifically Mark Ruffalo, as Collider confidently reports, albeit with a slight grain of salt, citing sources that claim there is interest on both sides of the negotiation table.
While no details were provided on his prospective character, the outlet makes the educated guess (based on the assumption of this being an English-language adaptation of the film,) that Ruffalo might portray a version of Kim Ki-taek (played in the film by Song Kang-ho), the embattled patriarch of the lower-class family in focus. Ruffalo, who, amongst an array of career highlights, has become the definitive cinematic Hulk – a highlight of Marvel Studios’ box-office-breaking Avengers films – is already set to appear in an HBO television project, a 7-episode drama titled I Know This Much is True.
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