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Netflix is moving forward with its second original South Korean series.
Variety reports that the streaming service has ordered period zombie series Kingdom. The eight episode series comes from writer/director Kim Seong-hun (Tunnel), and will debut in 2018. Love Alarm, Netflix’s first Korean series, is also set for a 2018 premiere. TV writer Kim Eun-hee (Signal) will also work on the series.
Kingdom centers on a crown prince of Korea’s medieval Joseon dynasty as he is sent to uncover clues about a mysterious zombie outbreak.
“Kingdom captured our imaginations from the moment we read the script with its visual feast of historical drama blended with supernatural fantasy,” said Netflix VP of international originals Erik Barmack. “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.”
“I have been working on Kingdom since 2001. 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,” said Kim. “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.”