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‘Parasite’ series ‘in the same universe as the feature’

Adam McKay (pictured in 2019) recently said in a podcast: "I basically outlined the series with director Bong [Joon-ho] during the quarantine, with him overseeing."
Adam McKay (pictured in 2019) recently said in a podcast: "I basically outlined the series with director Bong [Joon-ho] during the quarantine, with him overseeing."Michael Sohn/AP/File

As we head into the Academy Awards, which air Sunday at 8 p.m. on ABC, here’s the latest on the series adaptation of last year’s best picture winner, Bong Joon-ho’s “Parasite.”

The HBO series is “chugging full speed ahead,” according to Adam McKay, an Oscar winner himself for “The Big Short” and the writer-director of the upcoming and locally filmed “Don’t Look Up” with Leonardo DiCaprio and Jennifer Lawrence. According to Collider, McKay recently explained in a podcast that the show will not be an adaptation or remake of the movie, in the manner of the first season of FX’s “Fargo.” “It’s an original series,” he said. “It’s in the same universe as the feature, but it’s an original story that lives in that same world.”

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According to McKay, the first episode has been written. “We’re just having the best time,” he said. “We’ve just staffed up with an incredible writers’ room. I basically outlined the series with director Bong during the quarantine, with him overseeing.” No casting has been announced yet.


Matthew Gilbert can be reached at matthew.gilbert@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @MatthewGilbert.