Parasyte: The Grey will be the 2nd Parasyte live-action TV show, Train to Busan director Yeon Sang-ho is directing

Picture of Jeon So-nee (left in image above), Koo Kyo-hwan (center), and Lee Jung-hyn (right).
Picture of Jeon So-nee (left in image above), Koo Kyo-hwan (center), and Lee Jung-hyn (right). Pic credit: @NetflixJP/Twitter

On August 23, 2022, Netflix Japan tweeted an announcement that it is producing a new South Korean live-action adaptation of Hitoshi Iwaaki’s Parasyte (Kiseiju) manga titled Parasyte: The Grey.

The tweet also revealed that Train to Busan and Peninsula director, Yeon Sang-ho, will direct the series!

Although a release date is not yet known Netflix plans to stream the series exclusively worldwide. Three of the series’ cast members have also been revealed: Jeon So-nee, Koo Kyo-hwan, and Lee Jung-hyun.

Writing the series’ script is Ryu Yong-jae known for his work on Peninsula and Money Heist: Korea – Joint Economic Area.

The upcoming series is inspired by the manga, but will tell its own original story set in the Parasyte universe where an alien race known as parasytes have come to Earth and started to take over humans. The aliens enter a human body through their nose or ears and attach themselves to their brains. They consider humans to be “food”.

Joen plays Jeong Su-in, who is attacked by a parasyte, but it fails to take her over properly and she starts a strange life of co-existence with it.

In the original story the main hero, Shinichi Izumi, is also attacked by a parasyte, but it’s unable to take over his brain and only manages to take over his right hand. The hero names the parasyte “Migi” which means “right” in Japanese, and together they start battling against humans whose brains have been completely taken over by parasytes.

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Koo’s character Seol Kang-woo is hunting down humans, who have been infected by parasytes, while trying to find his missing younger sister. Lee plays the leader of a special task force, which is hunting down and killing the infected humans, called The Grey. Lee’s husband was killed by a parasyte so she is extremely motivated to get her revenge on the bloodthirsty alien race.

Where can I read the manga?

Parasyte is a Japanese sci-fi horror manga series written and illustrated by Hitoshi Iwaaki. From 1988 to 1995, it was published in Kodansha’s Morning Open Zokan and Monthly Afternoon magazine. The manga’s English version was published by Tokyopop, then Del Rey and lastly Kodansha USA. Ten volumes have been released.

Where can I watch the live-action and anime adaptations?

The manga was adapted into two live-action films in Japan directed by Takashi Yamazaki. The first part titled Parasyte: Part I was released in November 2014 and the second part titled Parasyte: Part 2 was released in April 2015.

Between October 2014 and March 2015, an anime TV series adaptation by Madhouse titled Parasyte The Maxim aired in Japan. Between October 2015 and April 2016, an English-language dub version aired on Adult Swim’s Toonami programming block in the United States. Parasyte The Maxim is currently available for streaming on Crunchyroll.

In 1993, Parasyte won first place in the Kodansha Manga Award general category. In 1996, it won the Seiun Award for best manga. Since December 2020, the manga has a whopping 24 million copies in circulation!

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