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A Bong Joon Ho musical? Add that to the list of potential film projects that could be on the Oscar winner’s docket following the stunning Academy Awards triumph of “Parasite” earlier this year. The director tells Empire magazine that he would “love to make a movie musical” in the future, although it would be like no movie musical moviegoers have ever seen. As Bong explains, “Characters would begin singing, then think, 'Oh my God, fuck this, this is too cheesy,' and stop suddenly. There are amazing musical films, like ‘Singin' In The Rain.’ But when I watch them, I feel very embarrassed and start blushing. So it would have to be different.”
Bong said at the beginning of the month he was exhausted from his whirlwind Oscar season, so any “Parasite” follow-up movie probably won’t be happening for a good while. “Now that I finally have time, I'm trying to get back on it, but I'm so exhausted, mentally and physically,” Bong said when asked if he would be returning to filmmaking in the immediate future. “I'm just a shell of a human.”
The director is currently developing a television adaptation of “Parasite” for HBO. Aside from that project, Bong has not confirmed any additional projects by name. Bong said at the Oscars he is in the early stages of development on two different films, one that’s in Korean and “has unique elements of horror and action” and another that is English-language that is “based on a true event that happened in 2016.” Bong has not decided which film will take priority moving forward. It sounds like both of these projects would take precedence over a potential Bong movie musical.
Bong fans can now add a movie musical to the director’s list of passion projects. That list includes “a moody noir in the vein of Orson Welles' 'Touch of Evil,' set along the U.S. border with Mexico” via an interview he gave with Vanity Fair and a big action movie in the vein of the Steve McQueen-starring “The Great Escape.” Whatever film Bong chooses to make next, it’s sure to gain worldwide attention following the critical and commercial success of “Parasite.”
Will we see The Outsider season 2? The HBO Stephen King adaptation was originally announced as a limited series, and the show covered the events of King’s book in full. But right before the series premiered, HBO switched things up and removed the “limited series” tag from the show. Now, the ratings are in, and it looks like The Outsider finale scored higher ratings than both Watchmen and True Detective, two very buzzworthy HBO shows. With all this in mind, it seems all but inevitable that a second season will arrive. But what the heck is it going to be about?
According to HBO, the season series? finale of The Outsider drew 2.2 million viewers across all platforms, with the series as a whole averaging 9 million viewers across all platforms. Per Variety, that’s the best performance for a new HBO drama series since Westworld season 1. On top of that, the Watchmen finale drew 1.6 million, and True Detective season 3 averaged around 8 million. The Outsider finale also drew 1 million more viewers than its premiere, which suggests the show has had some great word-of-mouth during its run. That gain is the largest from a debut to a finale for any first season of an HBO series.
That puts The Outsider in an interesting place. The series, based on the Stephen King novel of the same name, seems very open-and-shut – the main storyline, about a monster that can shape-shift – is wrapped-up, just like it is in the novel. Still, there is a little wiggle room for more stories. For one thing, main character Holly Gibney, played by Cynthia Erivo, appears in several King novels. For another, the season finale has a post-credit scene involving Holly – one I won’t spoil here, just in case you’ve yet to get caught up on the show.
The fact that HBO quickly went from calling The Outsider a “limited series” to just a plain old “series” strongly indicates that conversations have already begun about potential future seasons. For the most part, I really enjoyed season 1 – although I feel like it could’ve been trimmed down to a tight 6 episodes instead of 10. That said, if they want to make more seasons where Cynthia Erivo’s Holly and Ben Mendelsohn‘s Det. Ralph Anderson investigate spooky stuff, X-Files-style, I will gladly watch.
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Schitt's Creek Comedy Central, Pop TV 8:00 p.m. — Fans of this cult-hit series should prepare to be wrecked as the sixth season winds down to an end. The good news is that beloved shows don't die in the streaming era, and Dan Levy is open to a reunion down the road. With self-isolation being the name of the game right now, this and the show's unintentional pandemic banger might truly end up being a collective viewing event.
Parasite Hulu, Wednesday — Alright, so this biting, social-class satire officially does not arrive on Hulu until midnight on Wednesday, but it's worth celebrating Bong Joon Ho's history-making masterpiece landing on a streaming service near you. The film received a hefty box-office bump after winning so many awards that the director apologized to Oscar engravers, so if you still haven't watched, shoot your shot now.
The Resident FOX, 8:00 p.m. — Derek's improvement falls into jeopardy when he suffers a severe complication, and Kit's afraid that this might be more evidence of Cain's cover-up.
The Conners ABC, 8:00 p.m. — Bev is spreading happiness through her finances and decides to fund Mark's coding camp tuition.
Bless This Mess ABC, 8:30 p.m. — Jacob's after-prom event sounds potentially dicey after Kay suggests that Rio and Mike step up as chaperones.
Empire FOX, 9:00 p.m. — Cookie and Lucious have Andre committed to a treatment facility following his breakdown. Meanwhile, Cookie's feeling guilty about Andre's whole situation and wonders how her own troubled history may have contributed.
For Life ABC, 10:00 p.m. — After Cassius put white supremacists in the hospital, Aaron comes to his defense, while Marie's having more feelings for Aaron.
The Last O.G. TBS, 10:30 p.m. — The third season begins for Tracy Morgan and Tiffany Haddish's show about an ex-con attempting to readjust to the world after a 15-year prison stint.
Conan — Guest TBA
The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon — Kerry Washington, Russell Wilson, Ciara
A Little Late With Lilly Singh — Adam Rodriguez, Kelsey Cook
The Daily Show With Trevor Noah — Noah's reporting live from his couch, and naturally, the subject of the night will be the ongoing pandemic and social distancing.
Although “The L Word: Generation Q” may have tried desperately to speak to a “new generation” of queer women and non-binary folks, fresher creative voices quickly rose to the top in its place. Though people still watched. Showtime’s “Work in Progress” was the best queer comedy of the year, Netflix’s “Feel Good” was an unexpected delight, and “Vida” is returning just in time for queer audiences to catch up on the best show about queer women of color on TV. Yet another contender released a promising first trailer today: “Betty” is a stylish and youthful portrait of Brooklyn teen skaters that already appears extremely queer.
The six-part half-hour arrives on HBO from filmmaker Crystal Moselle, who quickly made waves in 2015 with her her riveting documentary hybrid “The Wolfpack.” “Betty” is adapted from her second feature, the similarly hybridized “Skate Kitchen,” which followed a group of teenage girl skaters in New York City. The film premiered at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival to positive reviews and was released by Magnolia Pictures that year.
In his B+ review of “Skate Kitchen” out of Sundance, IndieWire’s Eric Kohn wrote: “The streetwise alternative to ‘Girls,’ the movie weaves together such a complete vision of its subjects that the rest of the world barely exists. Of course, there's a long-standing precedent to capturing this subculture — ‘Kids’ did it, with more adventurous storytelling twists, more than 20 years ago — but Moselle's subjects hold their own with the surprising ability to clarify their emotions through the cathartic process of hanging out.”
“Betty” features many of the film’s original stars, most of whom had not acted before, including Kabrina Adams, Dede Lovelace, Nina Moran, Rachelle Vinberg, and Ajani Russell. All accomplished skaters in their own right, the first trailer shows the charismatic crew navigating various crushes and friendship trials with compelling panache and humor.
“Betty” is directed, co-written, and executive produced by Moselle. Lesley Arfin and Patricia Breen are also co-writers. Arfin, who also EPs, is a comedy writer best known for co-creating the Netflix series “Love” with Judd Apatow and Paul Rust.
HBO will release “Betty” beginning May 1 at 11 pm ET. Check out the exciting first trailer below: