A new zombie series is on the way, but it’s a whole lot different from the zombie series we’re used to. Titled Kingdom, it brings together two unlikely sub-genres: zombies and period dramas.
The series comes out of South Korea and is set during the Joseon dynasty, which spanned from the late 1300s to the late 1800s. It’s a collaboration between director Kim Seong-hun (Tunnel) and writer Kim Eun-hee (Signal).
Continue below for more info and to check out the official trailer, as well as a previously released trailer if you missed it.
When Kingdom was announced in a press release, those involved released some statements. Here’s what they had to say:
“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,” said director Kim Seong-hun.
“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,” said writer Kim Eun-Hee.
“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, 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.”
Netflix has a lot of confidence in Kingdom. It was reported recently that they’ve already committed to a second season.
And why wouldn’t they be confident. We’ve seen some exceptional horror come out of South Korea. More recently we’ve seen perhaps the best zombie flick of the past few years in Train to Busan directed by Yeon Sang-ho, and they’re also responsible for The Wailing, an incredible recent release directed by Na Hong-jin. Both of those titles are available to watch on Netflix right now if you haven’t seen them yet.
The eight-episode first season of Kingdom is set to arrive on Netflix on January 25, 2019.
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.