If there’s one thing the Korean film and tv industry is fantastic at producing, then it would be thrillers or more specifically thriller-horrors. The latest horror fest is Medieval-Thriller kingdom. This latest Zombie-Thriller series will amaze and terrorize audiences around the world. As the release isn’t for a couple more months, here’s everything we know on release date, casting, and the status of a second season.
Korean movies like Train to Busan, The Wailing and others have scared audiences all over the world for years. The Korean film industry is doing a great job of finding niches in horror, much as the Japanese. It was only natural that someone would want to get in on the zombie TV series success like Z Nation and The Walking Dead.
In the medieval Joseon period of Korea, a crown prince is sent on a suicide mission to investigate the origin of a plague ravishing his country. The outbreak of Zombies threatens his Kingdom's existence, and he discovers that the plague is spreading.
A small list of the cast has been released unfortunately we don’t know all the roles for the actors below.
|Where have I seen them before?
|Crown Prince Chang
|The Spy Gone North, Asure: The City of Madness, Antique
|Cloud Atlas, The Host, Sense8
|Jo Hak jo
|War of the Arrows, Miracle in Cell No. 7, All About My Wife
|City Hunter, Sea Fog, Wonderful Nightmare
|Jumong, Silmido, Illang: The Wolf Brigade
|Misaeng, Room No. 7, Seon-dal: The Man Who Sells the River
|Chu Hun Yub
|An Angel’s Choice, Iron Daughters-in-Law, My Princess
The first season of Kingdom will have 6 episodes full of guts, gore, and zombie greatness.
It’s been hard to find many stills of the show due to Netflix keeping Kingdom firmly under wraps. We did manage to locate some photos, as shown below.
Although Kingdom might have taken some inspiration from Train To Busan's zombies, we don't know if the series is related to that film. Just to clarify the story of Kingdom isn’t a prequel to the origin of the zombie virus from Train to Busan.
Rampant, another Joseon-period zombie film is also available. This film was also produced by Train to Busan, but Kingdom has not been involved in its production.
We can look forward to a trailer for Kingdom, which will be released closer to its release date.
Although it may sound obvious, Kingdom must be a huge success on Netflix. It’s not that we don’t think it will garner an audience, on the contrary, we think the show will be wildly successful but some controversy has surrounded the production of the show.
A Korean news website reported that an artist on Kingdom's art team had died from overwork at the beginning of 2018. Obviously, this isn’t the fault of Netflix as this appears to be apart of a massive issue with working hours for broadcasters as a whole. To reiterate this isn’t the fault of Netflix as it is with the production studio but a show with the title of ‘Netflix Original’, if anything controversial happens during production this may reflect poorly on Netflix.
Kingdom originally was planned as a short series with 8 episodes and a four-month production. Whereas now the series is being split into two 6 episode seasons and the production of each episode has cost roughly $1.78 Million. Budgets can be stretched if the audience grows sufficiently.
The premiere of Season 1 of Kingdom worldwide will take place on January 25, 2019.
It’s not very often the second season of a show is commissioned by Netflix before the release of the first but we can confirm that Kingdom will be returning for a second season! Season two production is expected to start in February 2019.