Director Bong Joon Ho will be working with Hollywood’s top stars in a follow-up film to his Oscar-winning Parasite. DEADLINE reported on May 20th that Toni Collette, Mark Ruffalo, and Naomi Ackie would be joining Robert Patterson in Bong’s next film. The filming will begin this August in London.
The upcoming film is based on the novel Mickey7 by Edward Ashton. The novel’s story follows disposable employee Mickey7 on a human expedition sent to colonize the ice world Niflheim. It features the stark contrast when Mickey7’s new body gets regenerated against its tragic fate while humans’ lives become threatened.
DEADLINE said, “Given Bong’s past experiences with adaptations, his version might ultimately be different from the novel’s.” The primary example is his movie Snowpiercer. Based on Jacques Lob and Jean-Marc Rochette’s novel of the same name, the movie is great at giving an insight into the original novel but lacks detailed explanations about the train. The film was set in the same period as the original novel’s yet centered on a new story.
Meanwhile, a limited series based on Parasite is currently in the works at HBO. Bong will write, direct and produce for his production company Offscreen, alongside Kate Street Picture Company and Plan B.
The upcoming film has not set its fixed release date. However, if the filming begins as scheduled, it will be released at the end of 2023 or in the first quarter of 2024.