The global popularity of Parasite has instantly turned Bong Joon-Ho into one of the most celebrated filmmakers in the world.
That should have happened a long time ago, as the likes of Okja, The Host, Snowpiercer, and Memories Of Murder have all been just as impressive.
But following the huge success of Parasite, especially in Hollywood, as it was recently given 6 Oscar nominations, does Bong Joon-Ho believe that he’ll be tempted by the offers to direct a superhero blockbuster that are now surely going to come his way?
“I don’t think Marvel would ever want a director like me,” Bong recently admitted to Variety. “I don’t expect any offers from them anytime soon.”
But instead of echoing Martin Scorsese’s comments about how Marvel has destroyed cinema, Bong instead revealed which superhero movies he is a fan of, declaring, “I did enjoy the films by James Gunn and James Mangold’s Logan, and I think there are great directors who can handle great projects like that.”
Ultimately, though, Bong is adamant that he feels much more comfortable making films the size of Parasite, rather than having to worry about budget and working under the strict rules of a studio.
“The film industry seems complicated, but I think it’s quite simple for directors. It’s just best to do what you’re good at. And so I don’t really think Marvel and I are suitable for each other.That’s something I just intuitively feel.”
“I felt much more comfortable with the size of Parasite, where it’s like you’re making films under a microscope, you can take a very meticulous and focused approach. And I really felt that that’s what suits me the best. That’s the path that I want to dig deeper into. I don’t think it’s about modesty or even fear. I think it’s about doing what suits me the best.”