Netflix has announced a new original series. Kingdom is a historical period drama and zombie action-thriller from director Kim Seong-hun and writer Kim Eun-hee.
Director Kim Seong-hun said of the project:
“I am thrilled about partnering with an eminent writer like Kim Eun-hee. Kingdom presents the opportunity to work on long-form television at its most ambitious and on a truly cinematic scale because of the unparalleled creative freedom that Netflix as a global internet television network provides.”
Writer Kim Eun-Hee. said:
“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.”
The eight-episode series is being produced by Korean Drama production company, Astory. The series is set in Korea’s medieval Joseon period where a crown prince is sent on a suicide mission to investigate a mysterious outbreak that leads him to a brutal truth that threatens the kingdom.
Erik Barmack, VP of international originals, said of the series:
“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 honored by this rare opportunity of pairing two premier creative minds in Korea – film director Kim Seong-hun and television writer Kim Eun-hee.”
Kingdom will premiere exclusively on Netflix in 2018 in over 190 countries.