The new Walking Dead? Netflix announce Korean 'supernatural fantasy' series Kingdom

Submitted on 목, 03/16/2017 - 12:27

Set during the Joseon dynasty, between the 14th and 19th century, Kingdom plans to follow a young crown prince sent on a suicidal investigation into a medical condition sweeping the land.

It turns out that the condition turns people into zombies and the prince must try and use his forces to save Korea and the rest of the world before it is completely overrun by the walking dead. 

The premise lies somewhere between AMC's hit zombie thriller and Game of Thrones, mixing medieval fantasy and horror throughout its eight episodes.  

The Vice President of international originals at Netflix Erik Barmack has spoken of the new series, saying: "Kingdom captured our imaginations from the moment we read the script with its visual feast of historical drama blended with supernatural fantasy.

"We are incredibly honoured by this rare opportunity of pairing two premier creative minds in Korea - film director Kim Seon-hun and television writer Kim Eun-hee," Erik added.

Kingdom's writer Kim added that the drama has been a long time coming for him, saying: "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," Kim explained.

Kingdom is Netflix's second Korean original series, following the recent announcement of romance Love Alarm. 

Love Alarm is based on Kye Young Chon's popular comic strip and follows the story of an unknown developer whose app tells a user if someone within 10 meters has romantic feelings for them.