Netflix has invested in two original Korean series’ over the last couple of years, and now we finally get to see what one of them looks like. The studio recently dropped a trailer for Kingdom, an upcoming series that revolves around a zombie outbreak in medieval Korea.
Kingdom is written by Kim Eun-hee and directed by Kim Seong-hun. Kim Eun-Hee has stated that she’s been working on the series since 2001. It was originally developed by the writer as a webcomic series that was entitled Land of the Gods. She explained that she “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.”
Netflix certainly seems excited about the project too. Following its announcement, Erik Barmack, VP of International Originals at Netflix, described the series by stating “Kingdom captured our imaginations from the moment we read the script with its visual feast of historical drama blended with supernatural fantasy.” The network later gave us a more fleshed out summary with the recently published synopsis:
“In a kingdom defeated by corruption and famine, a mysterious rumor of the king’s death spreads, as does a strange plague that renders the infected immune to death and hungry for flesh. The crown prince, fallen victim to a conspiracy, sets out on a journey to unveil the evil scheme and save his people.”
Netflix announced that Kingdom will begin streaming later this month beginning on January 25th. It will be comprised of six 50 minute episodes. But don’t expect the sixth episode to be the end of the overall story. Netflix confirmed back in July that they had already greenlit a Season 2 for the horror thriller series, with production on the second installment planned to begin at some point in February.