The sci-fi horror manga Parasyte (Kiseijuu) has been green lit for a two-part live-action adaptation. The first film will hit Japanese theaters in 2014 and the second film will be released in 2015. The production company Toho has also announced an anime project based on the manga which will begin airing the same time as the first movie.
Parasyte is a sci-fi/horror manga that was written and illustrated by Hitoshi Iwaaki. It was published in Kodansha’s Afternoon magazine and ran from 1990 through 1995. The manga follows Shinichi Izumi, an average teenaged boy living with his parents in a suburb of Tokyo. One night, worm-like beings called Parasites invade Earth, taking over the brains of human hosts by entering through their ears or noses.
One of these worms tries to crawl into Shinichi’s ear while he sleeps, but thanks to falling asleep with headphones on, it instead enters his arm, taking control of it. Because he was able to keep it from his brain, both Shinichi and the worm keep their personalities. As they encounter other parasites, they take advantage of their unique situation to fight and win, forming a strong friendship in the process.
Sometani Shota has signed on to play the lead role of Shinichi. Confessions actress Ai Hashimoto will play the female lead Murano Satomi. This year’s Best Actress winner at the 34th Montreal World Film Festival for her role in Villan, Eri Fukatsu, will play Shinichi’s teacher Tamiya Ryoka.
Parasyte had previously been in cold storage thanks to New Line Cinema. The film company had secured the rights to the IP in 2005 in anticipation of adapting the manga into a Hollywood film. Their rights to the IP expired a few months ago which lead to a bidding war between a dozen other companies. Toho eventually won and has already begun moving forward with the production.
We’ll bring you further details on the project as they’re released. Stay tuned.
Source: Nicovideo.jp (Japanese)