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Bong Joon Ho ‘exhausted’ after award season run of Parasite

Parasite filmmaker Bong Joon Ho has two films lined-up -- an English-language historical drama based on a true event that happened in 2016, and a South Korean production which will be set in the country's capital city of Seoul.

By: PTI | Los Angeles | Updated: March 9, 2020 3:50:57 pm
Bong Joon-Ho Bong Joon Ho, who returned to South Korea after making a clean sweep at the 92nd Academy Awards, said he is too tired to get back to working on new scripts. (Photo: AP)

Oscar-winning South Korean filmmaker Bong Joon Ho says he is “exhausted” mentally and physically, following the massive success of Parasite.

The filmmaker, who returned to South Korea after making a clean sweep at the 92nd Academy Awards where his class-divide drama won best picture, best director, best original screenplay, and best international feature film, said he is too tired to get back to working on new scripts.

“Now that I finally have time, I’m trying to get back on it, but I’m so exhausted, mentally and physically. I’m just a shell of a human,” Bong told The Atlantic.

The filmmaker has two films lined-up — an English-language historical drama based on a true event that happened in 2016 and a South Korean production which will be set in the country’s capital city of Seoul, and will include “unique elements of horror and action”.

Bong Joon Ho said he can only work on one project at a time.

“Once I start writing, I can only work on one project, and the same goes for pre-production. I’m always jealous of directors who can do projects in between TV shows.”

He also hinted that his English-language film could be a collaboration with Okja cinematographer Darius Khondji.

“I think any foreign productions I do now will be with Darius, and any Korean films will be with Hong Kyung-pyro,” Bong added.

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