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Song Joong-ki considers Signal writer’s zombie apocalypse drama

It’s a big day for Song Joong-ki, who just announced his impending marriage to Descended From the Sun co-star Song Hye-gyo. The two actors met on the set of the hit drama, which started filming back in June of 2015, and are planning to get married this October. Song Joong-ki is also considering a drama comeback as early as later this year in Kingdom, the highly anticipated new project from writer Kim Eun-hee of Signal, Ghost, and Sign. His reps say that he’s considering an offer to headline, but is not confirmed for the role.

Kingdom is a zombie apocalypse sageuk set in Joseon, about a crown prince who sets out to investigate a mysterious plague that’s spreading across his country. What he discovers is an atrocious epidemic in the form of zombies. The blockbuster-scale drama will be helmed by film director Kim Sung-hoon (Tunnel, A Hard Day), and has been planned for a total of 8 episodes which will be completely pre-produced.

Song Joong-ki has played his share of kings and badasses, so I’d vote for him to lead a war against zombies. I’m just happy he’s considering a new drama, even if it’s going to be a measly 8 episodes. I’m mostly excited about seeing the first zombie K-drama, because after watching Train to Busan, my expectations are pretty damn high. But I have every faith that if anyone could write the perfectly thrilling zombie apocalypse drama, it’d be Kim Eun-hee. There’s just something really appealing about Joseon zombies—more swords, fewer resources, more carnage! Yay?

Kingdom will be a Netflix original series, and plans to begin production in September for a premiere later this year.

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I predict there will be no ship for this drama. I mean, we don't have to worry about Song Joong Ki's chemistry with the zombies, right?

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LOL .. well, you never know. Joong Ki so far always has good chemistry with his co-stars. I believe zombies are no exception :D

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You are right. I forgot there's something called a ghost ship.

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There could be a female zombie that could take a fancy at his boyish good looks? ?

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So happy for uri SongSong couple <3 Well, given he is about to get married, 8 episodes should be okay for his next project. He should focus on family first <3

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WHAT?? He is getting married?? How long have I been sleeping?? On the other hand, I am excited to see a zombie apocalypse saguek. Never knew I wanted to see it so much until now?. Will be so glad to see Song Joong Ki in Yong-ha attire again?

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Just today the news breaks out. :)))
Really no one anticipates this, right?

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well, there was marriage rumour a long time ago....What with the recent stories by MBC.....I'm not that surprised after all....But it's nice to see reel-to-real couple ending with wedding to seal the deal.

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Well I too saw that marriage rumour but just dismissed it. Afterall there have been many like that which never panned out in the long run. Nevertheless, congratulations to the couple. It sure will be a star studded wedding, taking into consideration their best friends.?

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I am more excited to see who are the guests invited in this wedding!

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@blissfulennaira for sure Kwang-soo, Yoo Ah-in, and Jo In-sung will be there.

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Their wedding should have red carpet so reporters could take pictures of them ?

And, @blissfulennaira I want to reply to ur comment but hit the downvote button, i'm soo sorry

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@amaimikan just give @blissfulennaira a thumbs up and your downvote will jump over and become an upvote!

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@amaimikan if you press upvote, the down vote will disappear.

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omg thank you for explaining how to undo a downvote. i havent accidentally downvoted anyone yet, but i was worried i would and couldn't figure out how to undo it. thankee beanies :D

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No.. i was so sure.. fans were being their ridiculous self by patching up any two leads of a hit drama..

My respect for knetz has gone high.. like soaring high..next time there is rumour someone is dating, i am going to believe it

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Ikr!? I go out for a few hours and come back to THIS! So happy for them, but boy was that a surprise! I clicked on the article to read more about his possible new drama role (yay!), but did a double take after reading the first line because it was the first time I heard of the news and it came outta nowhere.

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I know. Completely shocked. Fall out of my bed in shock shocked.

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I screamed out, "Jesus is Lord!!" so loud that my kid sis asked me in a panicked voice, what was wrong. Like, I'm so shocked, its shocking lol.

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why do i feel like you are a Nigerian?!? coz am Nigerian and i also screamed "Jesus is lord!!"

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Lol...totally Nigerian. Congrats to the happy couple. Am just happy Yoo Ah In might still available, Phew...haha

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Lol @ "Jesus is Lord!!" ? You're too much, Flightey! Your kid sis was probably like, "Who and WHO?" Haha. Unless they're familiar with K-pop culture, too...

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this are literally the best comments ive read all day. lolz love you guys.

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??? i feel you. I also just saw the news and my mouth is still hanging in surprise

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It's so funny how everyone was like eh just normal rumours, or most likely are dating but whatever. Then next minute bam! We get a marriage announcement haha I find this so sweet and funny. They really trolled everyone.

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Exactly my reaction!!! I just slept like 5-6hours and woke up with this news. Mind blown!!! But I'm so happy. :D

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I'm still shocked about this. I've heard the rumors, both dating and of marriage, but all were denied downright so I'm still shocked by their announcement.

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i noticed that SJK seemed to have a very genuine care for SHK in their interviews and BTSs and so on, but i really thought all the dating rumors were a publicity stunt. but i could not be happier about this news :D

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Wow. Daebak. Heol. Song-Song couple was real. UNBELIEVABLE.

Very interested in the new show too. 8 episodes sounds like the right amount for something like this.

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I just got back here after two days and found this! I still don't get it and I am still processing. I am so shocked, my mouth has been hanging open like for ten full minutes!
But hey, congratulations to the couple!

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Loooove the bit on the Song-Song wedding! ???

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Soooooo smoothly slipped in there *giggles* ?

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It makes perfect sense that all the wedding planning would make a person acutely in touch with his apocalyptic psyche.

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Do you mean beloved prospective in-laws, well meaning friends, helpful relatives and professional media are scarier than zombies?

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I suppose descriptors like "well meaning" and "helpful" are all subject to interpretation.

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lol, I know what you mean.

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@kimbapnoona ha ha.. your witty comments are awesome!

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@imbuk you are too kind.
Thank you for the ?!

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Omg omg what what whattttt omg song song couple are for reals?????? :oooooo I don't even ship 'em but this news got me shooked bruh I love how casual gf said it too like oh yeah nbd they're getting married omggggg!! WOW so all the tabloids abt them being together wasn't so bogus after all, but marriage!?! Omg, so surprised, but also very much excited for them! Yay!!

... oh yeah signal writer's new drama w joong ki? I'm in I'm in!!

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Am not a DOTS fans but still so happy for the good looking couple! Not only did the drama brings them popularity and awards, they also found each other.

Haven't looked up netizens' comments but I hope people don't bash them on this happy news. Also yay for new drama!

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Yes, I'm so happy for the good looking and talented couple, too! It's always fascinating to see onscreen couples end up together irl. Song Song couple marriage news is such a surprise because there's been rumors about them being in a relationship recently and whaddya know, not only are they together, but they're getting married! In October! That's crazy. Speaking of crazy, netizens and "fans" should be happy for these two and be mature and respectful. Goodness.

Now I gotta actually go back and read the rest of the article. ?

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I've never watched even five minutes of DOTS (plan to, even more so now heh) but I'm so so so happy about this. Isn't he going to the military?....wait, has he already gone, or was that Yoo Seung Ho?.. or Yeo Jin Gu?

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SJK did his military service already. DOTS was his return to acting from the service. YSHo has done his service too when he was 18/19 yrs old while YJG has not yet gone to the military.

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He finished his military duties last 2015 I think. Before DOTS

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Please let this happen!! What do I have to sacrifice to the drama gods for this to happen?!?

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I've been freaking out about the Song-Song Couple news already, and this drama news is even more fun to look forward to watching!! I mean...we all could see the SSC thing coming when we saw them being all giggly at the awards shows and SJK's fanmeeting, right? But who could predict SJK + Joseon zombies?? Hehehe!

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Woahhh. I am so out of k stars news that I didnt read anything after the first line. Just heard about their rumors. Glad and damn surprised.

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Btw is MBC happy now? They are probably the next Dispatch. Despite all the criticisms they went further ahead to launch two parts and were proven right. I fear for other celebrities now. What they did was literally stalking and no respect for privacy.

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Urgh on MBC doing that to them. But their marriage announcement sort of giving that middle finger back to MBC, coz isn't it funny after all the hard work snooping on them in Bali, MBC couldn't even find out about them getting married!

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what did mbc do?

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Their program Section TV aired two reports in the past two weeks or so claiming that SJK and SHK were dating, going so far as to follow them to Bali, where they supposedly holidayed together. Most of it seemed sort of speculative and unfounded and it wasn't very well received, but, well, here we are...

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I came right to Dramabeans after finding out about the marriage news and now this!!! :o After watching him as the young king in Tree with Deep Roots I want moreeee

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It's great news (surprising indeed but still a happy news) that the Song-Song couple is real and getting married! And It's nice to see Song Joong-Ki back in drama land since last year's DOTS, though I agree our standards for zombie apocalypse has been risen high after the success of Train to Busan. Hopefully a shorter 8 episodes will mean that the production team can focus better and improve the quality of the drama overall!
Congrats again to the couple!

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Considering this is penned by Signal's writer, I'm not worried by the quality of this drama. Can't wait!

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Congrats to both!
Married or single his face will be on my wall for as long
as Song Joong-ki is still acting. I'm still going to fangirl over him like I always have.

Unless Park Chan-wook, Bong Joon-ho offers him a role then this might be good to explore. He can do sageuk so I'm behind him in everything sageuk.
Can we freaking have Han Ye-ri as his leading lady? I want some real talents!

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OMG! Han Ye Ri is my girl crush ? I am so gonna watch this.

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Yes yes yes for Han Ye Ri. She is amazing with action scenes.

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Han Ye Ri as his leading lady? YESSS

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GF combines 2 ridiculously happy news for us, but my eyes cant focus on Signal writer new drama (come on myself), since Songsong couple marriage plead is really take the entire cake!! haha. Even 75% of the comment is about their marriage lol.
I am proud how u can still focus on the new drama haha

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same here. i will still fangirling him no matter what. congrats to both. I'm so glad he choose SHk and get married when he is still popular! I love you SJK!

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Please let this casting happen and if there is a female lead in this drama please let her acting be on par with SJK. Also please let her character be badass and not a damsel in distress ??

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Arggggg! Zombies wearing gats!

*composes self*

Set during the Imjin War when patriotic Joseon zombies in league with Admiral Yi Sun-shin harry Japanese naval forces before getting sucked down into Uldolmok, "the Roaring Channel"???

Whatever. It sounds like fun. ;-)

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No wonder this sounded vaguely familiar. Hyun Bin has zombie sageuk movie RAMPANT in the works, per tineybeanie's report from back in April.

Hyun Bin reunites with Confidential Assignment director for zombie sageuk film

http://www.dramabeans.com/2017/04/hyun-bin-reunites-with-confidential-assignment-director-for-zombie-sageuk-film/#comment-2783810

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Colour me shook! I was not prepared for this!!! I didn't even like DOTS that much to be honest. And this happens. I can't even!!!

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what a best thing today !!!! i want this ?

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IS THIS MY LUCKY DAY OR SOMETHING??
First the marriage news (they are one of only two drama couples that I ship so hard, the other being Nam Joo Hyuk - Lee Sung Kyung lol), and now THIS???
Yasss SJK for my most favorite drama writer!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Ghost/Phantom and Signal still remain as the best K-drama for me

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So this drama won't air on a broadcast channel?

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Yes, I have this doubt too.

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Nope. It's a Netflix original, and thus it will be Netflix exclusive. It should be interesting to see how it does, given that Netflix doesn't have as strong an Asian userbase as it does in the West. Additionally, Netflix doesn't release viewership numbers, so it'll be difficult to compare ratings and the like.

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While I'm not a fan of DOTS, I think Song Joong-ki is one of the best actors in his generation, so I look forward to this drama. And congrats to his upcoming wedding. :D

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Can we get a role for our Jung Eun?

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No hate, but I hope he doesn't take it. He has such a serial baby face that I find it really hard to take him seriously in mature roles.

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Aww, I've never watched him in a mature role yet, still refer to him as Cheol Soo but I'm darn curious.

Plus we don't know his character description, I think?

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To be fair, he's starring in Battleship Island, which looks more hard core than this drama so I think he can pull it off.

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why if i may ask? ? he is one of the best actor in his generation

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"....that is hard to take him seriously in mature roles" really? Wow.
1. episode 1-3 of tree if the deep roots. He is amazing as the young Sejong. THe WHOLE series is awesome.
2. The entire nice guy drama
3. Wolfboy
4. Battleship island movie
Actually, i sometimes forgot just how ridiculously good looking and boyish his face because of his acting. Just like when i watch yoo ah in's acting.. actualy, while i like dots enough because of the candysweet romance, i dont like it enough since it didnt showcase his acting chops enough

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I was so surprised when I heard about their marriage news! I thought it was a joke.? I thought it was April fools even though I knew it's July. Anyways, this seems interesting. Hope he accepts!

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Wow! I believe the dating rumors because they were together all the time but I didn't expect the wedding this soon. I'm really happy for them, they make the cutest couple ❤

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Yes!!!!! So happy. I hope he confirms because more Oppa on screen is always amazing, and this would be the perfect thing to continue after I watch Battleship Island in August.

A good leading lady and cast please!!!!!!

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I wasn't online for a day and what?????? he is getting married???? to song hye kyo?????????? lol congrats tho. They make such beautiful couple. Imagine the babies <3

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Okay, that means I really need to watch this despite my aversion of zombie theme. It's my fave writer Kim Eun-hee + Song Joong-ki in sageuk garb. How can I say no??

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My deepest condolences to my heart. Don't worry I still have Park Hae Jin left.. Fighting! ?

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Lol, fighting!

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I know! I had Song Joong Ki, Nam Joo Hyuk, Park Hyung Sik. now I'm only left with Park Hyung Sik. If he ends up dating Park Bo Young ..... i will have no one left :(

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Yoo ah in is still in market.. oh and Jo in sung lol

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Park Hae-jin is taken (*whispers* by me)

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i swear the worst part of this is that they dont even prepare fans like us by saying they're dating, just straight to marriage :(

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Kingdom sounds very interesting. Even though it's short, I'm sure Joongki will make the role memorable if he accepts. Big congrats to our SongSong couple!!! Wishing you happiness and joy together!!

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YES PLEASE! I've been dying to see Song Joong-ki make a sageuk comeback after Sungkyunkwan Scandal and Tree with Deep Roots.

And congrats to the SongSong couple!

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Netflix?! Nooooo!
Also-- yeah Song Song couple!

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That marriage news was unexpected but vey much welcome. Happy news for this lovely couple. Any offspring from their union will be beautiful. ? Congratulations Song Joong ki and Song Hye Kyo! ?

Now that zombie saguek apocalypse drama sounds very interesting. Loved Train to Busan so looking forward to this show despite being 8 episodes only.

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Woah.. I'm not a Song-Song couple fan but it's such a good news :) Congratulaion !

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is it Christmas already? Yesterday it was Bogummy now SJK!

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so, it will be all the people his charisma killed, in hanboks?

I am very suspicious. They give us this dream project. What is their deal? Do they know something we don´t? Has the zombie apocalypse actually started already? Are they fulfilling our "last wishes" right now? *glares distrustfully.

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Lol, the Worry Wart's mind! Forever whispering, "Don't start dancing just yet".

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I.
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SHOCK.
I DID NOT SEE THIS COMING!
Congrats!? (one more oppa off the market after Eric!!) ~>_<~

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You had me til "Netflix". Haven't been too impressed with their original series. But Song Joong ki would make it worthwhile regardless.

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Have hope! The writer of Signal is on board and if there is a good director and production team behind it, I'm optimistic that it can still be as good as other dramas on big networks like MBC/KBS/SBS. Especially if Song Joong-ki signs on! I think like any network, Netflix has hits and misses. They're more of a distributor really so presumably if the people actually making the drama are good, then it can be too?

I'm not sure what you like to watch, but I think they have had some good original content. Personally, I like House of Cards, Stranger Things, and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. The movie Okja was quite good as well! But everyone has different tastes, so I won't hold it against you if you don't like any of shows I like. LOL.

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Sounds interesting! A zombie k-drama would be a first, but seems like it could be a fun, action-packed drama. I think SJK has proven to be a good actor, both dramatic and action, so this would be a good project for him. I think the Joseon aspect is really intriguing and adds a unique twist to genre that usual is set in a post-apocalyptic world of sorts.

I'm not sure everyone is pleased about this, but I'm actually very pleased that this will be on Netflix. I love that they're expanding their content. It's nice to be able to watch shows from all over the world all in one place (especially when you have tastes as broad as mine)!

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Yaaaaaas a sageuk! This feels kind of like Scholar Who Walks the Night though....

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How to begin your day ?
Check dramabeans site then learn that :
- Song-Song couple was real and they’re getting married O_o
- Kim Eun-Hee writer will be back later this year : oh yeah
- Song Joong-ki will play in a Kim Eun-Hee ‘s drama + it's a sageuk (which means my beloved hanbok and OST): oh yeah n.2
- Director will be Tunnel’s director : it’s what we call a winning team, right ?
- Little letdown it will be only 8 episodes, if it’s the price to dodge any dragging, we’ll take it thank you
Thank you Girlfriday for brightening my day ?

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No, please no. Can't expect better quality from netflix except those bad webrips, because netflix is blocked by my ISP, and netflix itself, they've blocked VPN access.

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I hope they can air on other streaming sites like Dramafever, etc..

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Wow! Just read about the SongSong couple getting married. Congrats to them. Interesting news about this drama. Could be interesting. Reminds me of Price and Prejudice and Zombies (book was OK, film was not) so hope this is better.

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Is this seriously going to air solely on netflix? No local or cable tv network involved like forest of secrets with tvn + netflix?

Measly indeed but it makes sense because it's netflix's style to have 8 episode only (stranger things). They'll prolly air this once a week. And I wonder if this will be recapped here in db.

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so happy he consider it. Man I'm so happy for his announcement marriage. my fav korean actor will getting married

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AN OTP FALLING IN LOVE AND GETTING MARRIED!!!! all of us beanies around the world were super happy today! I'm also on board with zombies, I liked the whole idea of vampires in sageuk for Scholar Who Walks the Night, so zombies should be interesting. Especially since they had so many public executions, wars, diseases, and famines back in Joseon, it'd be cool to see the rise of the undead.

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Oh girlfriday...you slipped that in so smoothly?fantastic news about the song song couple...man their babies are going to be cute.
I am hoping the k fans are happy about the news cause they can be pretty vicious.
Kingdom-- just the name itself sounds epic!!Fingers crossed he sign on. If not i vote for lee jun ki or yoon si yoon for the role.

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haha i was wondering if dramabeans was gonna announce it but i realised since they didnt announce Nam Joo Hyuk and Lee Sung Kyung, they probably wouldnt. but they somehow managed to slip the news in ;)

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Yey to the marriage news, and YES PLEASE to the drama news.

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God, Song-Song couple is a real deal. And they are getting married. What is happening? They've been denying the rumours since the DotS and now BAM! marriage. Still, very happy news. Ah, our oppas are growing up and getting married; first Rain, now Song Joong-ki. Who will be next?

As for the news (yeah, that was the main topic... I got a little sidetracked): the more Song Joong-ki, the better. And with the Signal writer? I'm in in, all in.

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Forgot that Eric also got married.

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This is crazy!!! Most shockinnggg news I ever read damnn!! I am super happy but confused?? like when do they date?? I never hear any confirmed news, only rumors and rumors which always lead to fail [email protected]@

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Well after the mediocre drama DotS, this would actually be an improvement for Song Joong Ki.

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even DOTS is mediocre, he puts his special recipe to make a nation go crazy over Captain Yoo Si Jin over night. So dots is one project he wont forget his entire life, that for sure.

His acting is unquestionable for me, he has proven himself many times before in nice guy, werewolf guy & TDR .

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I never said he was a bad actor but he chose DotS solely for popularity, not the quality. Which is a shame for actor like him.

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Yes because, even serious/Arty actors don't take projects like this. No, grab the pitchforks, its the utmost betrayal!

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I don't think it is shameful. Joong Ki needs to be smart and since he's already in the brink of exploding into mega-stardom there's no other way but to bite the bullet. Him being extremely famous and bankable now gives him leverage to have more options in the future; quality films and series that is, like this one.

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Eh, zombies... I think that's one subject matter and genre I'd pass just because they're so scary (so much running away from 'em and then getting caught and bitten, argh!) and it's so sad to see someone transforming into one and becoming a completely different person. Train to Busan scarred me good, man. I mean, I'm not traumatized, and I'll probably still watch because it sounds interesting and the people attached to this project is credible and good, but zombies are definitely not my catnip.

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