HBO's 'Parasite' Series Is Not a Remake, Says Adam McKay

"It's in the same universe as the feature, but it's an original story that lives in that same world"

BY Allie GregoryPublished Apr 22, 2021

Last year, HBO began negotiations with filmmaker Bong Joon-ho concerning an adaptation of his awards season-sweeping film Parasite for a new television series. Now, director Adam McKay, who has partnered with HBO for the show, has revealed that the series is not a remake of the film, and that his team intend to write an entirely new plot set in the Parasite universe.

McKay shared that work on the series is "chugging full speed ahead" in conversation with the Happy Sad Confused podcast, offering a glimpse into his dealings with Bong on their new project.

"We're just having the best time," McKay said [via Collider]. "We've just staffed up with an incredible writers' room. I basically outlined the series with director Bong during the quarantine, with him overseeing."

He continued: "It's an original series. It's in the same universe as the feature, but it's an original story that lives in that same world."

It only makes sense for the project to take a longer form, considering Bong's original vision for Parasite left the director with a surplus of ideas that never made it into the film.

"I had all these key ideas accumulated from when I started writing the script," he explained [via The Wrap] back in early 2020. "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."

So far, few other details on the project have emerged, though rumours surrounding the greenlit series point to the possibility of Mark Ruffalo's involvement.

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