Parasyte The Grey Coming to Netflix on April 5!

Parasites are hidden amongst us.

Netflix has officially announced “Parasyte The Grey”, the Korean live-action adaptation based on the legendary manga “Parasyte” by Hitoshi Iwaaki, to be released on the streaming platform from April 5!

The live-action is produced by Climax Studio and Wow Point. Directed by Yeon Sang-ho (Hellbound, Train to Busan) and starring Jeon So-nee, Koo Kyo-hwan, and Lee Jung-hyun.

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Hitoshi Iwaaki, the creator of Parasyte, expressed in a statement given to Netflix: “I am most excited that this is ‘a new story’; while I am the author of the original manga, I could also be a member of the audience that experiences thrill and awe. Thinking back to when the original manga was adapted in Japan, “Parasyte” the manga is like a ‘child’ to me, born from my own work in a small room, while the animation and live action film were like ‘grandchildren’, born from my child going out in the world and meeting many people and their wisdom, experience, and technology. I am overjoyed that another ‘grandchild’ is being born in Korea. I believe that this ‘new story’ taking place in a different location will lead us into a world beyond my imagination.”

Director Yeon says, “In my twenties, “Parasyte” was a staple for those of us who were passionate about manga and animation. Having the opportunity to build upon it and create something new is not only a great honor, but also a dream come true from my younger years.”

Hitoshi Iwaaki‘s manga, published by Kodansha, was serialized from 1988 to 1995 and comprised 10 tankoubon volumes. Additionally, a spin-off called Parasyte Reversi ran from 2018 to 2021, spanning eight tankoubon volumes. This original manga served as the inspiration for a TV anime adaptation directed by Kenichi Shimizu and produced by Madhouse, which aired from 2014 to 2015, totaling 24 episodes.

Netflix describes Parasyte The Grey as follows:

When unidentified parasites violently take over human hosts and gain power, humanity must rise to combat the growing threat.

Source: Netflix Official Twitter

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