Although most of the talk around Netflix right now is focused around ‘Black Mirror: Bandersnatch’ and ‘Bird Box’, the streaming giants are keeping their foot on the gas when it comes to exciting new content.
The Haunting of Hill House was the platform’s last, big horror smash, and given how well that went down, it was only a matter of time before they returned to the genre to scare bingers sh*tless.
Kingdom, which will come out on the 25th of January, looks set to fill the void left by THOHH, with the South Korean period drama centring around the disintegration of the royal family and a crown prince’s suicide mission to save the kingdom amidst a zombie plague.
The synopsis read:
‘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.’
Kingdom captured our imaginations from the moment we read the script with its visual feast of historical drama blended with supernatural fantasy,” said Netflix’s VP of international originals, Erik Barmack, when the project was announced. “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.”.
The six-part series features some familiar actors, with Sense8‘s Bae Doona starring alongside Ju Ji-Hoon, Ryu Seung-Ryong, Kim Sangho, Heo Joon-Ho, and Jeon Seok-Ho.
And the streaming outlet must have some confidence in the series because they’ve already renewed the it for a second season, which is expected to go into production in February this year.
The first season of Kingdom rises from the dead on Netflix January 25th.
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