Warner Bros. Pictures confirmed today that Skiers and Server writer-director Bong Joon-ho is currently working on a sequel to his 2019 Best Picture-winning satire. Parasites. The sci-fi movie Mickey 17 will be played by Robert Pattinson. There was no immediate plot synopsis for the film, but Warner Bros. reported that Bong wrote the screenplay as an adaptation of book 2022 Mickey 7by Edward Ashton. Marvel Cinematic Universe star Mark Ruffalo will star, alongside Noby Steven Yeun, hereditary star Toni Collette, and Star Wars: Rise of Skywalkerby Naomi Ackie.
Mickey 7 focuses on a clone worker, known as “Expendable”, who becomes aware through many iterations of his life that he is being sent on a series of extremely dangerous missions because he can easily replaced. After one of these missions, he returns and discovers that his replacement, Mickey 8, has reported the mission. It’s a scenario that can instantly remind sci-fi fans of previous films — Duncan Jones’ Moon and by Joseph Kosinski Oblivion both have “disposable” space workers who learn unpleasant truths about their missions and circumstances.
Bong may have his own strong tendencies on this material, due to his habit put his own life and work in movies like Parasites. (Look, he added 10 Mickeys to the equation.) Ashton’s screenplay seems especially fitting for a writer-director who has always made movies about income and class inequality, lower classes and outcasts, as well as the struggle for justice and recognition in an unbalanced society. The idea of a worker created to serve the more privileged and die for them in the process, seemed to him very well. However, we’ll have to wait over a year to see what his version of the story looks like. Mickey 17 slated for a worldwide release on March 29, 2024.