Director Bong Joon-ho joined Rian Johnson on The Director’s Cut podcast to chat about his beginnings in the industry, influences shaping his voice, actor collaborations, and his directing process. During the conversation, the acclaimed filmmaker confirmed to have completed one of two sequel scripts for the Academy Award-winning thriller Parasite.
“It feels like I’m splitting my brain in half left and right writing these two scripts. But I finished one last week,” Bong discussed and revealed that a script would be written in English and the other in his native Korean.
While keeping details of the plot under wraps, the award-winning director added that “the Korean film is located in Seoul and has unique elements of horror and action” and shared that the English sequel will be based on a true story from 2016 that will “be set half in the UK and half in the US.”
The Oscar-winner is currently in the works on a TV spin-off of Parasite alongside Succession’s Adam McKay for HBO. The English-language series is expected to be developed using discarded ideas from the original script.
Bong is best known for his acclaimed titles including The Host, Mother, Snowpiercer, Okja, and Best Picture Oscar and Cannes Palme d’Or winner Parasite. He is set to serve as jury president of the 78th Venice Film Festival, becoming the first South Korean filmmaker in the festival’s history to preside over the main jury and oversee the festival’s top awards, including the prestigious Golden Lion.
Listen to The Director’s Cut podcast featuring Bong Joon-ho below: