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Bong Joon-ho’s Parasite storyboards will be released as a graphic novel

The Parasite bug is truly unstoppable

Since it made history winning Best Picture at this year’s Oscars, picked up the Palme d’Or at Cannes in 2019, and boasts a slew of other awards, it’s probably not surprising that Bong Joon-ho’s Parasite seems to have adaptations in the works on just about every platform imaginable.

First, it was announced that the Korean “family tragicomedy” would be made into a TV series, then that it would get a black and white rerelease. Now it’s been announced that the film is coming in graphic novel form.

Unlike a full TV series, this probably won’t require too much work though, as the director is known for his meticulous storyboarding, which will make up the bulk of the book, slated to be released by the New York-based company Grand Central Publishing on May 19.

That’s around 300 pages of storyboarding, drawn by Bong Joon-ho himself. 

“Accompanied by the film’s dialog, the storyboards he drew capture the story in its entirety,” says Grand Central Publishing. (The dialogue and stage directions will be translated for English readers.)

There will also be a foreword from the director, along with early concept drawings and photos from the set.

The TV series adaptation of Parasite, meanwhile, has been revealed as a “six hour film”, with Tilda Swinton set to play the lead.