Netflix has just announced an eight-episode zombie series titled ‘Kingdom’ which sounds like it will be a thrilling ride from start to finish. It takes place during “the medieval Joseon Kingdom” and is set to be released in 2018. We don’t have an exact release date as of yet, but we’ve learned that it will be directed by Kim Seong-hun (‘A Hard Day’) who is best known for his smash 2016 hit ‘Tunnel’ with writing by Kim Eun-hee (‘Signal,”Ghost and Sign.’)
The show will be “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.” Murder, intrigue, zombies – this period piece has it all!
According to director Kim Seong-hun:
“I am thrilled about partnering with an eminent writer like Kim Eun-hee. Kingdom presents the opportunity to work on longform 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.”
This isn’t just another job for Kim Eun-Hee but a passion project:
“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.”
Erik Barmack, VP international originals at Netflix added:
“Kingdom captured our imaginations from the moment we read the script with its visual feast of historical drama blended with supernatural fantasy. We are incredibly honored by this rare opportunity of pairing two premier creative minds in Korea — film director Kim Seong-hun and television writer Kim Eun-hee.”
This series is actual two interesting seconds for Netflix in one. It is the second Korean original series to be picked up by the network as also premiering in 2018 is ‘Love Alarm’ which is based on the comic by Kye Young Chon. It is also the second zombie series which Netflix has ordered after the entertaining ‘Santa Clarita Diet‘ came out earlier this year. All in all, I’m happy to see the network doubling down on their original content.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
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