Netflix announced yesterday its second original Korean television series called Kingdom, an eight-episode Kdrama that is set in medieval Joseon period where a mysterious zombie apocalypse threatens the kingdom. The press release of Netflix on its website says the drama “breaks new ground by combining two popular genres in one series: historical period drama and zombie action-thriller.”
The drama boasts of its interesting genre mix that has never been heard of before in the Korean drama industry. In addition, it has Kim Eun-hee and Kim Seong-hun as its writer and director, respectively. The press release highlights this “collaboration between two of Korea’s strongest storytellers.” Kim Eun-hee’s last project Signal is one of the most popular Korean cable dramas in 2016. It won Best Drama and Best Screenplay in Paeksang Arts Awards last year. Meanwhile, director Kim Seong-hun is also an award-winning writer himself. His 2014 action thriller film A Hard Day which he directed and wrote won at least seven Best Directing and Best Screenplay awards from prestigious award-giving bodies in Korea. His latest project, The Tunnel, was a top five movie in the Korean box office last year. Both of them expressed their excitement to work with each other.
There is no official synopsis yet but the press release mentioned of a crown prince being sent on a suicide mission “to investigate a mysterious outbreak that leads him to a brutal truth that threatens the kingdom.” Kim Eun-hee had been working on this drama since 2011 and wanted its story to reflect the “fears and anxiety of modern times but explored through the lens of a romantic fascination of the historical Joseon period.”
Early this year, Netflix officially announced Love Alarm as its first original Korean drama based on a popular web comic of the same name. The announcement of Kingdom just about two months later suggests that the script of the drama could be very impressive. Erick Barmack, Netflix’s Vice President of international originals, said that “Kingdom captured our imaginations from the moment we read the script with its visual feast of historical drama blended with supernatural fantasy.”
All episodes of Kingdom will become available on Netflix in 2018 to its members in over 190 countries.