Bong Joon-ho Is Ready to Make a Musical

Academy Award-winning director Bong Joon-ho let Empire know that his next project following "Parasite" may be more along the lines of a musical satire.

Chuck Walton

By Chuck Walton


Fresh off of his huge win at the 92nd Academy awards where he took home Oscars in 4 different categories for his film "Parasite", director Bong Joon-ho is thinking about doing a musical.

Just before his massive takeover at the Oscars, Bong Joon-ho met with Empire and talked about his next potential cinematic conquest. Bong said, “I would love to make a musical. Characters would begin singing, then think, ‘Oh my God, *@!* 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.”

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© Loew's Inc.

Seeing the way that the director can pull together so many different elements of emotion into a film, we have no doubt that he would make a great ironic musical.

That type of film would be quite the undertaking as it's important not to skew too far one way or another. If you make it too much like a musical, then the irony could get lost in translation and the film could come off as a poorly executed musical. If you put too much irony into the film, people might not consider it to be a musical at all, and consider it more like a comedy.

One recent movie that tried to play it play both ways was "Isn't It Romantic", where a woman gets knocked out, and when she wakes up, she's trapped in a rom-com musical.

© Warner Bros. /courtesy Everett Collection

© Warner Bros. /courtesy Everett Collection

That one fared only ok at the box office, earning $48.1 million on its $31 million budget.

This one will take a lot of thoughtfulness to maneuver uncharted territory, but if anyone can pull it off, it's likely Academy Award winner Bong Joon-ho.

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Chuck Walton

Chuck Walton

Chuck is an editor/writer who's worked for NCM, Fandango,, MediaTrip, and Newsweek. His favorite movie is "Jaws." He's definitely a dog guy.

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