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Netflix Orders 2nd Season of KINGDOM
Nov 13, 2018
- Writerby Pierce Conran
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Kingdom, the highly anticipated Korean period horror-action Netflix Original series, has been given a second season order ahead of its January 25 international debut on the streaming platform.
The renewal announcement was made by Netflix CEO Reed HASTINGS on Thursday, November 8 in Singapore. “It is really rare that we greenlight a second season of a show before the first has been seen,” said HASTINGS.
Set in the 15th century during the Joseon Era, Kingdom focuses on a nation in turmoil, both politically and because of a mysterious plague that turns its hosts into zombies. The show comes from writer KIM Eun-hee, a major name in the TV drama world whose works include Signal. Headlining the series are BAE Doo-na (Cloud Atlas), RYU Seung-ryong (Miracle in Cell No.7, 2013) and JU Ji-hoon (Along with the Gods: The Two Worlds, 2017).
The show reunites director KIM Seong-hun and global star BAE, who last collaborated on the hit disaster drama Tunnel, which welcomed seven million viewers (USD 51 million) in the summer of 2016. BAE is a familiar face to Netflix viewers, as she was one of the leads in the sci-fi series Sense8, which was directed by the WACHOWSKIS and ran for two seasons, finishing with a feature-length finale.
Kingdom is the first Korean show developed and produced by Netflix, though the company did work with BONG Joon-ho on last year’s Cannes competition entry Okja and has previously acquired global rights to a number of Korean films and TV series.