Signal writer’s new drama Kingdom will be about Joseon zombie apocalypse
I’m very nervous, and at the same time very intrigued by this recent announcement: More details on Signal writer Kim Eun-hee’s (Sign, Ghost, Three Days) new project Kingdom have been released, and reports are saying that it’s going to be a zombie sageuk set in Joseon. Cue exploding brains of fans everywhere. So I guess when she said there was going to be a lot dead people in her drama, she wasn’t kidding.
She and director Kim Sung-hoon (of the movies Tunnel and A Hard Day) are teaming up for this upcoming 8-episode 100-percent pre-produced drama, and it looks like a good matchup because they’re both storytellers with extraordinarily keen senses when it comes to thrill-raising pacing and capturing the human emotion behind the actual plot. Personally, I think that Signal and Tunnel had similar tones, despite one being a fantasy-mystery drama and the other being a catastrophe-survival movie; both were dark, gritty, and showed how desperation affects the best of people. Therefore, I’m super excited for this writer-director pairing. The one thing that’s an unknown is this zombie apocalypse in Joseon angle.
It could go extremely well, like Train to Busan meets Joseon X-Files. I trust Kim Eun-hee with the sci-fi genre because so far, she’s delivered on making her low-key paranormal elements seem believable and interesting. But there’s such a plethora of badly done dramas that have tried and failed terribly at fusing sci-fi/fantasy elements with the traditional sageuk: Scholar Who Walks the Night, Records of a Night Watchman, Faith… But maybe Kim Eun-hee will be the exception who changes the game and creates a successful model for others to follow.
Well, I know that industry insiders seem to be enthusiastically optimistic about the potential of Kingdom, as reports have already stated that the drama (which has still yet to be completely drafted) is being negotiated to be broadcast by Netflix, even before being shopped by the Big Three or the powerhouse cable channels. Currently Kim Eun-hee is in the process of writing the zombie takeover of Joseon, and plans to start filming it with director Kim in September for a release later this year.
Via IS Plus
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