Hitoshi Iwaaki’s sci-fi horror manga Parasyte is getting a live-action Korean adaptation by Netflix, titled Parasyte- The Grey. The live-action will be directed by Yeon Sang-ho, who is best best known for Train To Busan among others.
Sang-Ho will also serve as the scriptwriter along with Ryu Yong-jae. The new Parasyte live-action will be streamed on Netflix worldwide. The exact date is yet to be revealed.
Three main cast members have also been announced:
- Jeon So-nee as Jeon Soo-in
- Koo Kyo-hwan as Solu Gang- woo
- Lee Jung-hyun as Choi Jun-kyung
The Korean adaptation of the Parasyte will follow the manga for most parts but also comes with it’s own twist. Unlike the original story, the protagonist is a female character, named Jeon Soo-in, who strangely co-exists with the parasites that attacked her, and hasn’t lost control of her brain. On the other hand, Solu Gang-woo is trying to find his missing sister by chasing down parasytes, and Choi Jun-kyung, who lost her husband because of a parasyte, becomes the leader of a special unit, The Grey, that battles parasytes.
Parasyte is a Japanese science fiction horror manga series written and illustrated by Hitoshi Iwaaki and published in Kodansha’s Morning Open Zōkan and Monthly Afternoon magazine from 1988 to 1995. The manga was published in North America first by Tokyopop, then Del Rey, and finally Kodansha USA.
The manga has been adapted into two live-action films in Japan, in 2014 and 2015. An anime television series adaptation by Madhouse, titled Parasyte -the maxim-, aired in Japan between October 2014 and March 2015. The English-language dub aired on Adult Swim’s Toonami programming block in the United States between October 2015 and April 2016.
Parasyte won the Kodansha Manga Award for the general category in 1993 and the Seiun Award for best manga in 1996. As of December 2020, the manga had over 24 million copies in circulation.
Source: Comic Natalie