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[Upcoming Netflix-2018] Kingdom
« on: December 29, 2016, 10:17:59 am »

Signal writer teams with A Hard Day director for new sageuk Kingdom

Exciting news! Acclaimed writer Kim Eun-hee of Signal, Three Days, Ghost, and Sign is in talks to team up with director Kim Sung-hoon of award-winning films A Hard Day and Tunnel for her next drama. The new historical series is called Kingdom, and plans to be shot more like an 8-episode movie rather than a traditional drama. The project is currently in discussions to be a Netflix original series, which would take it outside of the traditional broadcasting model entirely.

Kim Sung-hoon is reportedly a longtime friend of Kim Eun-hee’s husband, director Jang Hang-joon (Ghost, Harvest Villa, Sign), so the collaboration between the writer and director came about naturally after years of joking that they should work on something together. If he signs on, it will be the director’s first foray into dramas on the heels of two hit films—the Jo Jin-woong/Lee Seon-kyun suspense thriller A Hard Day, followed by the Ha Jung-woo human drama Tunnel.

It was reported initially that the project would have a whopping 40-billion-won production budget, but the director stated that the budget, while very large for a drama, wasn’t nearly that high. He does plan to shoot it entirely in advance, and described his method for shooting the drama as “shooting a long movie.” I don’t know whether to be worried or excited. I guess I’m worried for him, and excited for me! He said that the current script is planned as 8 episodes, and they’re considering lengthening it, though he projects that it will still be shorter than 16 episodes.

Kim Eun-hee has been very tight-lipped about the story, but she has dropped hints about it being a sageuk unlike any that we’ve seen before, and that many of her characters will die, as they often do in her dramas. Other descriptions say that Kingdom will include political elements, and that it will be a thriller. Well, I don’t think anyone expected a rom-com from the thriller specialist, but it’s good to know.

I’m a little bummed about the shorter series length, but I can only imagine the scale of a thriller from this writer-director team, and I’m assuming that the blockbuster budget has a lot to do with the limitations on length. I’m curious about the blurring of film and television production in a project like this, and if it’s successful as an original Netflix production a la House of Cards, we could be seeing the start of a very interesting shift in the Korean entertainment industry as well.

Kingdom is currently looking to shoot in the summer and fall, and premiere by the end of 2017.
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Re: [Upcoming TBA-2018] Kingdom
« Reply #1 on: July 05, 2017, 06:35:43 pm »

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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Re: [Upcoming Netflix-2018] Kingdom
« Reply #2 on: September 15, 2017, 06:36:18 am »

Joo Ji-hoon, Ryu Seung-ryong, Bae Doo-na consider Netflix show Kingdom
Now this is a lineup some dream casts are made of. There’s some exciting casting news for Kingdom, the newest show from Signal’s writer Kim Eun-hee, to follow the disappointing reports that Song Joong-ki (Descended From the Sun) has ultimately turned down his offer to star in the Netflix fusion sageuk. Joo Ji-hoon (Asura, Mask), Ryu Seung-ryong (Dorihwaga), and Bae Doo-na (Forest of Secrets) are all considering roles in the upcoming 8-episode Joseon action thriller, which is tentatively scheduled to start filming next month.

Kingdom will follow the crown prince of Joseon who starts investigating a mysterious plague that is devastating the populace. This ‘plague’ turns out to be a zombie outbreak, and our hero will fight to reveal what’s happening. If he does accept, Joo Ji-hoon will star as the crown prince of zombie-infested Joseon, and it will be interesting to see whether the political component mentioned in earlier reports will remain in the plot. Because I’ve found that the biggest conflicts in zombie apocalypse stories (aside from the obvious) are derived from how the people in power react to these sorts of catastrophes.

Bae Doo-na and Ryu Seung-ryong’s potential roles remain unspecified but I don’t even care because I know they’ll be brilliantly badass or evil, depending on what their characters are. I really hope things work out so that both actors can sign up, but Bae Doo-na’s participation is up in the air because she’s currently filming Drug King and it’ll be a tight schedule if she agrees to Kingdom, which plans to commence shoots pretty soon. If Ryu Seung-ryong signs on, it’ll be a pretty big coup for the Netflix show, since he hasn’t been in a drama since 2010’s Personal Taste. I can’t believe it’s been 7 years already.

I’m a pretty big fan of zombie stories in general, with some of my favorites including World War Z (the book), the early seasons of Walking Dead, and of course, Train to Busan. So I was ecstatic to hear that dramaland was trying its hand in the genre, and with the writing and directing talent behind the zombie action sageuk, I’m counting down the days ‘til I can binge-watch it on Netflix. Which is still a long ways away, sadly: Kingdom is planning on being released via the online streaming platform in late 2018.


SJk out :'(
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