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PARASYSTE -- Would A Hollywood Movie Version Work?

This trailer might make you think twice about it...

PARASYTE seems so fresh, it’s easy to forget it’s based on a manga that’s been around for a couple decades, now. ANN stressed the point when they relayed a quote from Takashi Yamazaki (the director of the series’ live-action movie adaptation) about how a Hollywood adaptation would have to simplify the finer points of the story too much. As it turns out, TRANSFORMERS producer Don Murphy was actually trying to make that happen in the late 90’s, with the hope that the Henson Creature Shop would handle the monstrous transformations.

Obviously, that project never materialized, but it’s still interesting to imagine how all the freakiness in the trailer above might’ve been handled with practical puppetry. The effects look adequate in parts, but more often recall Ryuk and the other Shinigami’s cartoonish rendering in the DEATH NOTE movies. Those flicks similarly attempted to distill dozens of manga volumes into two live-action features, and… well… there was still enough simplification to make you wonder why anybody even tried.

It’s an odd business strategy, too, to release a live-action feature adaptation just as the animated TV adaptation of the exact same material is launching. SPACE BROTHERS took the same approach, and the anime still made a bigger impact worldwide.

The safer bet is that we will eventually see a Hollywood version of PARASYSTE, but it’ll be a new film drawing heavy inspiration from it, as opposed to a direct adaptation. Having seen the trailer above, does the prospect of that seem any more appealing than the two-parter we’re getting, now?

ElHaon Nov. 5, 2014 at 2:32 p.m.

I like the Parasite's voice in this movie way more than the one in the anime.

sickVisionz moderator on Nov. 5, 2014 at 4:34 p.m.

Simplifying the story might be a good thing. Ringu had some dumb ass telepathy slant to it that The Ring threw in the trash can and ended up being a significantly better film for it.

zaldaron Nov. 6, 2014 at 7:51 p.m.

@sickVisionz: I really have to disagree on ringu being worse. Was a much scarier show than The Ring. Ring was not nearly as scary ... complicated plot almost always makes things more interesting. Why books are generally almost better than movies.

sickVisionz moderator on Nov. 7, 2014 at 7:20 a.m.

@zaldar: For me, a complicated plot is just that: a complicated plot. It has almost no bearing on the quality of the film. Additionally, critical reviews, viewer reviews, and box office reception would disagree on The Ring being hurt by having a less complicated plot. I wouldn't even call it less complicated as much as I would call it having the poor elements removed.

zaldaron Nov. 9, 2014 at 11:17 a.m.

Simple is usually worse as it doesn't reflect life. Now things can be overcomplicated, but generally simple is worse. Box office receipts are never a good view of if a movie is good or not (look at box office receipts for Oscar winning movies). Haven't seen any reasonable critical reviews that compare the two. I certainly liked the Japanese version better.

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