Tilda Swinton will not be joining the Parasite TV series HBO is planning.
It was revealed in January 2020, a month before Parasite's massive Oscar wins, that the film would be made into an English-language limited series on HBO.
Parasite TV Series Will Tell a Different Story
The Parasite TV series will be produced by Bong Joon-ho himself, together with filmmaker Adam McKay. The series, like the film, will be called Parasite and will consist of six hour-long episodes.
Rather than retelling the tale of the acclaimed film, however, McKay describes Parasite as "an original series... that lives in that same world."
Mark Ruffalo was considered to play the lead part in the project just one month after it was revealed that it was in the works. Shortly after that, Swinton's casting in an unnamed major role was confirmed.
Tilda Swinton No Longer a Part of HBO’s Parasite
Swinton stated that she is no longer a part of the Parasite TV series in an interview with Variety. Despite leaving the project, Swinton says that she still supports Bong and the series.
"I don’t think I’ll be a part of it, but I’m very happy to be a cheerleader,” she said.
The film Parasite was a big triumph, with many fans and critics hailing it as one of the best of the century. The film grossed $258.7 million worldwide and went on to win four Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Original Screenplay, and Best International Feature Film, in 2020.
Parasite was the first South Korean film to earn Academy Award recognition, and it was the first non-English-language film to win Best Picture.
However, Swinton's departure from the television adaptation could indicate that the series is stalled as Bong works on other projects or that there are technical obstacles that must be overcome behind the scenes before Parasite airs on HBO.
Parasite TV Series Release Date
Although the series was announced in 2020, not much specific information has been made available regarding the Parasite series.
It is well known that Bong has experienced technical challenges while turning his movies into television series. For example, the TV adaptation of his 2013 film Snowpiercer was ordered to pilot in November 2016 but did not air until May 2020 due to several creative adjustments made while in development.
Bong is currently involved in a number of other projects, including the film version of Edward Ashton's book Mickey7, which, coincidentally, also stars Ruffalo, Toni Collette, and Robert Pattinson.
With Swinton's departure being the first piece of news from the Parasite TV series in two years, it appears that audiences will have to wait some time before seeing the HBO series.