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‘Walking Dead’ Creator Robert Kirkman Turns to Korea For New Apocalyptic Drama Series ‘Five Year’

'Walking Dead' Creator Robert Kirkman Turns to Korea For New Apocalyptic Drama Series 'Five Year'

For those curious as to what other stories “The Walking Dead” creator Robert Kirkman has kicking around, don’t worry — at least one of them also involves the apocalypse. In partnership with global television site Viki, Kirkman’s Skybound Entertainment will be producing “Five Year,” a series based on an original story by Kirkman, as a Korean drama. 

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According to Skybound and Viki, “‘Five Year’ is a pre-apocalyptic series about a family living with the knowledge that a deadly meteor is currently headed towards Earth.”

“This has been a story I have wanted to tell for quite some time, but David [Alpert] 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,” said Kirkman in an official statement. 

“As devoted fans of Korean cinema, television, and culture, we’re thrilled to be launching what we hope is the first of many collaborations with the Korean entertainment industry. ‘Five Year,’ is the perfect property to launch our partnership. It highlights the intense interpersonal moments that Korean dramas capture so well, and sets them against the epic backdrop for which Skybound has become known,” said President and Co-Founder of Skybound Entertainment David Alpert.

The series will debut its first season (out of five planned seasons) on Korean broadcast television, with worldwide distribution powered by Viki. This will be Viki’s second original series, following the spring 2016 debut of miniseries “Dramaland.” Filming begins later this year. 

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