With plans to expand the world of PARASITE by way of a six-hour presentation for HBO from the film’s director, Bong Joon Ho, and Adam McKay, it’s been announced that the history-making South Korean social thriller will also be getting the graphic novel treatment.
Distribution of the product, which has already been released in South Korea, is being handled by Grand Central Publishing, who recently purchased the North American rights. Scheduled to hit book store shelves on May 19, the graphic novel adaptation of PARASITE will consist of 304 pages drawn by the film’s director. Every scene in the film will be included as a part of the collection, and will read like a graphic novel, complete with dialogue. Also set to be included are the stage and camera directions used for the award-winning feature. All notes, dialogue and so on will be translated into English from Korean.
“Director Bong’s illustrations share the illuminating power of his writing and directing, making the Parasite graphic novel a gorgeous, riveting read and fascinating behind-the-scenes glimpse at the making of one of the best films of the year,” senior editor Wes Miller, who acquired the graphic novel for Grand Central Publishing, said in a statement.
PARASITE looks to be infecting several manners of media beyond the original film’s release, which is great news for those who enjoy seeing movies they love represented in a multitude of ways. As a comic book reading fiend myself, I would jump at the chance to flip through a graphic novel version of Bong Joon Ho’s latest masterpiece.
Be sure to check your local comic shops or online retailers for when PARASITE arrives in graphic novel form on May 19th.