Netflix’s Live-Action Korean Show ‘Parasyte’ Teased for Q2 2024
Netflix disclosed on Tuesday the news about the live-action transformed version of Hitoshi Iwaaki‘s manga Parasyte (Kiseiju), known as Kiseiju: The Grey or Parasyte: The Grey, from South Korea. The launch is planned for the second quarter this year. Alongside the announcement, Netflix shared a snapshot from the project showcasing the protagonist Jeong Su-in, who is portrayed by Jeon So-nee.
Parasyte: The Grey delivers a fresh interpretation of the fan-favorite manga by Hitoshi Iwaaki, set in and showcasing Korea.
Parasites, symbiotic entities feeding on humans, are determined to expand their influence and shake up society. A human coalition fights back against this growing menace. Arriving soon. pic.twitter.com/66Ibs3IC2y
— Netflix (@netflix) February 6, 2024
The star-studded lineup for the adaptation includes Jeon So-nee, Koo Kyo-hwan, and Lee Jung-hyun. The direction of the project has been undertaken by Yeon Sang-ho (known for Train to Busan, Peninsula), who is also collaborating with Ryu Yong-jae (known for Peninsula, Money Heist: Korea – Joint Economic Area) for the scriptwriting.
While the in-production series is a reimagining of the manga, it constructs its unique narrative. Jeon’s character, Jeong Su-in, falls prey to a parasite attack, yet the intrusion fails in its endeavour to manipulate her mind completely, leading to a peculiar relationship with the entity. Koo’s character Seol Kang-woo is on a quest to track down parasites in hopes of finding his lost sister. Lee’s character heads The Grey, a unit that is at war with the infectious parasites, after losing her spouse to these creatures.
In the original manga series by Hitoshi Iwaaki, published by Kodansha in the Afternoon magazine from 1990 to 1995, the narrative is set in a world inhabited by alien invaders known as Parasites who infiltrate the human species by crawling into their brains through nose and ears. Their integration into the host allows them control over the humans. Migi, one such alien, successfully takes over the right arm of high school student Shinichi Izumi but is unable to gain full control. Despite initial troubles, Migi and Shinichi learn to cohabitate, forming an alliance to combat other Parasites who perceive humans merely as a source of food.
Most recently, this manga served as an inspiration for a television anime adaptation in 2014, followed by two live-action films in 2014 and 2015.