Skybound Entertainment is the studio you need to thank for bringing all that The Walking Dead zombie entertainment to your screens, and CEO Robert Kirkman isn't stopping there. He's teaming with streaming-video site Viki to produce five seasons of a pre-apocalyptic Korean drama.
Five Year is a K-drama that will be filmed in Korea with a local cast and crew. It will be featured on Korean television and the rest of the world will be able to catch it on Viki. The story comes straight from Kirkman's brain and tells the tale of a family facing the end of Earth as a deadly meteor is headed their way within the next five years.
Kirkman had this idea prior to The Walking Dead, but it was never the proper time nor place. He describes his excitement for his idea to finally come into fruition:
"This has been a story I have wanted to tell for quite some time, but David and I wanted to make sure it found a proper home where it could grow and breathe creatively. Looking at what Viki has done in not only the dramatic series space, but transforming the way viewers consume and translate media, we knew immediately ‘Five Year’ had found its home.”
David Alpert, Skybound's president and co-founder, spoke of his love of Korean films, a passion he shares with Kirkman:
“We’re thrilled to be launching what we hope is the first of many collaborations with the Korean entertainment industry. The 'Five Year' story “highlights the intense interpersonal moments that Korean dramas capture so well, and sets them against the epic backdrop for which Skybound has become known.”
Budgets for K-dramas usually range from $4 million to $35 million per season, spills Viki CEO Tammy H. Nam. Five Year is expected to be “somewhere in the middle” of that range. Alpert understands that there will be some challenges, as neither he nor Kirkman know how to speak Korean. However, this language barrier will not deter either of them. Alpert says:
“It was really exciting for us to get the chance to work in a new medium, with great creators.”
The new drama isn't planned to be as VFX heavy as The Walking Dead. Kirkman and Alpert have yet to write fully fleshed-our scripts (which will need to be translated into Korean), but they do have an outline for the five-year story.
It might also be exciting to add that streaming will be available for free. And if you haven't watched a Korean drama before, I can personally vouch for them. They are incredibly entertaining and interesting, so you really can't help but get super sucked in, even if you don't speak a lick of the language.
Five Year looks set to be a smash hit. Almost as big as the meteor that's expected to hit the Earth in five years. Ooph, that was a little harsh, wasn't it?