Parasite to be made into mini-series

Parasite most recently picked up the Golden Globe for Best Foreign Film.
Parasite most recently picked up the Golden Globe for Best Foreign Film. PHOTO: GOLDEN VILLAGE

NEW YORK • HBO has secured the rights to adapt South Korean film-maker Bong Joon-ho's critical smash hit Parasite (2019) into a mini-series, the American cable channel said on Thursday.

Competitors vying to adapt the movie included Netflix, which produced Bong's 2017 hit Okja, entertainment website Deadline Hollywood reported.

A dark satire about a relationship between two families, Parasite picked up the coveted Palme d'Or at Cannes last year and a Best Foreign Film Golden Globe on Sunday.

"Once you overcome the one-inch-tall barrier of subtitles, you will be introduced to so many more amazing films," the 50-year-old Bong said as he accepted the award at the Globes.

"I think we use only one language - the cinema."

Already considered a favourite for the foreign-language-movie Oscar - with the nominations announcement coming on Monday - some analysts say Parasite could be a contender to win Best Picture too.

Joining Bong on the adaptation will be Adam McKay, Oscar-winning writer-director of The Big Short (2015) and Vice (2018).

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