Netflix Heads to the Kingdom

by Sean McLaughlin

Following in the footsteps of Stranger Things and Santa Clarita Diet, Netflix is hoping another original horror series will turn some heads.  Deadline is reporting that the online streaming behemoth has commissioned the Korean original series Kingdom, a zombie series which takes place during Korea’s medieval Joseon period.  The idea of a period drama where a fast-moving illness is wiping out an entire kingdom is surely a unique one, and the international aspect of the setting can only help Netflix continue its massive growth globally.

Erik Barmack, Vice President of international originals at Netflix, is hoping that the series will catch on with both horror fans and casual viewers alike.  “Kingdom captured our imaginations from the moment we read the script with its visual feast of historical drama blended with supernatural fantasy.”  The show follows a crown prince as he investigates an illness epidemic that is threatening the villages’ way-of-life, and will be written by Kim Eun-hee.   Eun-hee added that “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.”

Kingdom will be directed by Kim Seong-hun (Tunnel), who will helm all eight episodes, and is scheduled to premier exclusively on Netflix sometime in 2018.  This will be Netflix’s second original Korean series, following the announcement earlier this year of romance show Love Alarm.

Stay tuned to HNN for more updates as they become available!

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