If you have dipped you toes into Japanese dramas, then you know similar the live-action titles can be to anime. Everything from secret affairs to over-the-top heroes are game when it comes to dramas, and South Korea has upped its television game over the years. These days, Korean dramas have surpassed other Asian television series in popularity as the country pushes out its pop culture know-how with force. And, now, it looks like Netflix is developing one insane Korean historical drama with zombies.
That’s right - Think Game of Thrones meets The Walking Dead. You’ll get the picture.
According to Deadline, Netflix has officially signed on to host its second original Korean drama. The show is titled Kingdom and will be directed by Kim Seong-Hun who helmed Tunnel last year. Writer Kim Eun-Hee will pen the drama after having worked on the praised thriller Signal. So far, it appears eight episodes have been signed off on for Kingdom which will be produced by Astory.
As for the show itself, Kingdom is said to be set in Korea’s medieval period. A crown prince will find himself sent on a suicide mission to discover the cause of the strange outbreak infecting his kingdom. And, of course, he will come face-to-face with plenty of zombies along the way.
“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.”
The show’s screenwriter also commented on Kingdom and its green-light. “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.”
Right now, Kingdom is set to debut on Netflix in 2018. No casting has been announced as this time, and the series will follow-up Netflix’s first exclusive Korean drama, Love Alarm. As for zombie projects overall, it seem Korea is on a roll with the trope. Recently, the country debuted a highly praised horror-thrilled titled Train to Busan. The zombie flick was complimented by domestic and international critics for its innovative story and setting.