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    Netflix to Produce Korean Zombie Series Set During the Joseon Dynasty

    By The Staff - Mar 6, 2017
    Netflix to Produce Korean Zombie Series Set During the Joseon Dynasty

    Netflix has tapped South Korean screenwriter Kim Eun-hee and director Kim Seong-hun to produce an original Korean TV series titled “Kingdom” –a Zombie action thriller that takes place during Korea’s medieval Joseon Dynasty.

    The eight-episode period drama will star a crown prince sent on a suicide mission to investigate a mysterious outbreak in the kingdom. The series will premiere in 2018 said Netflix.

    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.

     
     

    “‘Kingdom’ captured our imaginations from the moment we read the script with its visual feast of historical drama blended with supernatural fantasy,” said Erik Barmack, VP of international originals at Netflix.

    “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.”

    Series writer, Kim Eun-hee, also wrote “Signal”, which was one of the most critically acclaimed Korean shows in 2016. She’s been working on Kingdom since 2011, she said and wanted to mix two popular genres.

     
     

    “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.”

    “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.

    This follows news that Netflix recently invested US$50 million in Bong Joon-ho’s new movie “Okja” and is also currently bankrolling the production of its first Korean series “Love Alarm based on the webtoon of Chon Kye-young.


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