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Parasyte Manga Gets Live-Action Series in South Korea

Parasyte Manga Gets Live-Action Series in South KoreaParasyte, the body-snatchin’ horror manga from Hitoshi Iwaaki, has been adapted into anime, live-action films and more. Now it’s set for a live-action series made in South Korea.

Netflix will stream the series.

In Japanese, the title has been announced as Kiseiju: The Grey (ostensibly the English title will be Parasyte: The Grey, but we shall see).

The series will star (from left to right) Jeon So-nee, Koo Kyo-hwan, and Lee Jung-hyun.

It’ll be directed by Yeon Sang-ho (Train to Busan) with scripts from Yeon and Ryu Yong-jae (Peninsula).

The Grey features the same body-possessing parasites as the original manga, but has an original story. That includes a character (played by Jeon) who manages to co-exist with them after being infected, kind of like main character Shinichi Izumi in the original.

Here’s how Kodansha Comics describes Iwaaki’s original Parasyte manga:

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.

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. 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?

Source: ANN

Matt Schley

Matt Schley (rhymes with "guy") lives in Tokyo, and has been OUSA's "man in Japan" since 2012. He's also written about anime and Japanese film for the Japan Times, Screen Daily and more.