A few weeks ago it was reported that Mark Ruffalo was wanted by Bong Joon-Ho and HBO to star in the Parasite series that is currently in development. The series is based on the Academy Award-winning film and Adam McKay is also helping bring the series to life.
Ruffalo has now confirmed that he is, in fact, involved with the series and reveals that if he ends up joining the show, he will play the father character. Here’s what Ruffalo had to say when asked about the series during Chicago’s C2E2:
“We’ve met. I love him [Bong Joon-ho], I love that movie. I might be playing the father in Parasite on a television show. I would love to do it. We’re sort of waiting on the script and all that, but yeah, that’s pretty much true and in the works.”
It’s great to know that Ruffalo is looking to be involved with the Parasite series and it was previously revealed that the series will expand on the story that the film has told. The Joon-Ho previously explained:
“With ‘Parasite,’ while I was writing the script I had so many more ideas I couldn’t convey into the two-hour running time of the film. I knew that if I had a longer running time, I would be able to tell these stories, and I that’s what I plan to talk about with Adam pretty soon. Though I’m not very familiar with the TV industry, I really consider this limited series an expanded film that can delve deeper into the stories that didn’t make it into Parasite.”
Bong also teased what we can expect, saying that the series will feature many stories regarding each of the film’s characters. He also described it as a six-hour-long movie, highlighting the other ideas that he couldn’t incorporate into the movie. He explained:
“So I had all these key ideas accumulated from when I started writing the script. 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.”
He also teased one of the possible stories, which will revolve around the peach-allergic housekeeper Moon-Gwang, who was portrayed by Lee Jung-Eun in the film.
“For example when the original housekeeper Moon-Gwang (Lee Jung-Eun) comes back in the late-night, something happened to her face. Even her husband asked about it but she never answered. I know why she had the bruises on her face. I have a story for that and aside from that why does she know the existence of this bunker? What relationship does she have with that architect to know of this bunker? So I have all these hidden stories that I have stored.”
With Mark Ruffalo looking to take one of the lead roles as the father in the story, that pretty much solidifies the fact that the original cast of the film won’t be back to reprise their roles. It would have been great to see the original cast, but Joon-Ho, McKay, and HBO are obviously looking to tell an English version of the expanded story. It’ll be interesting to see who else ends up being cast in the series.