Hitoshi Iwaaki‘s sci-fi horror manga Parasyte is getting a live-action Korean adaptation directed by Train to Busan‘s Yeon Sang-ho. The series, titled Parasyte: The Grey, will be streamed on Netflix.
As reported by The Hollywood Reporter, the cast includes Jeon So-nee, Koo Kyo-hwan, and Lee Jung-hyun. Yeon is writing the script with Ryu Yong-Jae (Peninsula). Climax Studio and Wow Point are producing.
Parasyte follows a high school boy and his encounters with a dangerous race of body-invading aliens. Global Bookwalker describes the Kodansha-published manga as:
They arrive in silence and darkness. They descend from the skies. They have a hunger for human flesh. They are everywhere. They are parasites, alien creatures who must invade and take control of a human host to survive. And once they have infected their victims, they can assume any deadly form they choose: monsters with giant teeth, winged demons, creatures with blades for hands. But most have chosen to conceal their lethal purpose behind ordinary human faces. So no one knows their secret except an ordinary high school student. Shin is battling for control of his own body against an alien parasite, but can he find a way to warn humanity of the horrors to come?
Parasyte ran from 1988 to 1995 with 10 tankoubon volumes. A spin-off titled Parasyte Reversi ran from 2018 to 2021 with 8 tankoubon volumes. The original series has been republished in kanzenban and Kodansha’s Platinum Comics formats.
The manga previously inspired a 2014-2015 anime series with 24 episodes and a two-part live action movie. The anime was directed by Kenichi Shimizu at Madhouse.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter