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HBO to produce ‘Parasite’ miniseries

/ 05:33 PM January 11, 2020
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The movie poster for “Parasite”. Image: Courtesy of Les Bookmakers/The Jokers via AFP Relaxnews

HBO has secured the rights to adapt South Korean filmmaker Bong Joon-ho’s critical smash hit “Parasite” into a miniseries, the United States cable channel said Thursday.

Television companies vying to adapt the movie include Netflix, which produced Bong’s 2017 hit “Okja”, entertainment website Deadline Hollywood reported.

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A dark satire about the relationship between two families, “Parasite” has earned $130 million worldwide, picking up the coveted Palme d’Or at Cannes and a best foreign film Golden Globe along the way.

“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 on Sunday. “I think we use only just one language — the cinema.”

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Already considered a favorite for the foreign-language 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, the Oscar-winning writer-director of “The Big Short” (2015) and “Vice” (2018). RGA

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