Netflix has announced plans for a new original series titled “Kingdom” — the second-ever Korean original series to hit the streaming service. The eight-episode series will have megawatt talent behind it: Kim Seong-hun, writer/director of last year’s hugely-successful “Tunnel” — who will serve as director — and Kim Eun-hee, writer of the popular Korean drama series “Signal,” on scripting duties. The news comes shortly after Netflix’s previously-announced Korean series, “Love Alarm.”
The official description for “Kingdom” notes the series is “set in Korea’s medieval Joseon period where a crown prince is sent on a suicide mission to investigate a mysterious outbreak that leads him to a brutal truth that threatens the kingdom.” An official statement from Netflix goes onto describe “Kingdom” as a mashup between two popular Korean genres: Period piece and zombie-thriller.
“I am thrilled about partnering with an eminent writer like Kim Eun-hee,” Seong-hun said in the press release. “‘Kingdom’ presents the opportunity to work on long-form television at its most ambitious and on a truly cinematic scale because of the unparalleled creative freedom that Netflix as a global internet television network provides.”
“Kingdom” has long been an idea of Kim Eun-hee, as the director notes, “I have been working on ‘Kingdom’ since 2011…I wanted to write a story that reflects the fears and anxiety of modern times but explored through the lens of a romantic fascination of the historical Joseon period. Working with Netflix helps us to unlock this creative vision for ‘Kingdom’ and I am excited to further build this unique story with the director for whom I have tremendous respect.”
“Kingdom captured our imaginations from the moment we read the script with its visual feast of historical drama blended with supernatural fantasy,” Erik Barmack, VP of international originals, Netflix, said.
For those hankering for what sounds like a Korean “Game of Thrones”/”The Walking Dead” crossover, you’ll have to be patient — “Kingdom” won’t premiere until 2018.
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