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Bong Joon-ho’s ‘Parasite’ storyboards are being turned into a graphic novel

Parasite graphic novel

Bong Joon-ho’s Parasite continues to prove that it’s an unstoppable force, with publishers announcing that the film’s original storyboards will be turned into a graphic novel.

Grand Central Publishing announced the release for May 19, with the novel set to contain 300 pages of original storyboarding, drawn by Bong himself.

Parasite graphic novel

Photo: Grand Central Publishing

An Oscar-winning film, a TV series, and now a graphic novel? Bong Joon-ho’s Parasite continues to dominate across every platform imaginable.

Renowned for his scrupulous storyboarding, the graphic novel will contain a foreword from Bong himself, along with early concept drawings and photos from the film set. All dialogue and stage directions will be translated for English-speaking readers.

In a statement, Grand Central Press described: “Accompanied by the film’s dialogue, the storyboards [Bong] drew capture the story in its entirety.”

Since its release in 2019, Parasite has made $130 million at the global box office, receiving accolades from Cannes, the Screen Actors Guild Awards, and the Golden Globes. The film made history at the Oscars as the first foreign-language film to win Best Picture and the first South Korean film to be nominated in any category.

Producers have announced that the family tragicomedy will be made into a  TV series for HBO and will receive a monochrome rerelease. The series is set to star Tilda Swinton as the main character, and will reportedly be a “six-hour film”.

The Parasite graphic novel is available for preorder here.


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March 2, 2020