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Netflix to produce a new Korean thriller ‘The Silent Sea’

Korean actor and producer Jung Woo-sung will exec produce a mystery sci-fi thriller for Netflix.

Netflix continues to expand its international offer. This year the streamer announced a slate of Spanish and French originals while announcing its first Belgian original, and some Nordic original shows, too. A couple of months ago, the streaming service also said it would invest more in Korean originals while announcing a handful of them.

Woo-sung will produce ‘The Silent Sea’. Jung Woo-sung is best known for his roles in The Innocent Witness and Steel Rain. The series will tell the story of a “precarious future where Earth is running out of water. It follows a group of elite scientists who set off for the moon to retrieve some unknown samples from an abandoned research station.”

The film is based on a 2014 short film helmed by Choi Hang-yong, who will direct the series, too. The short film gained some attention at the Mise-en-scène Short Film Festival and it finally paid off. Park Eun-kyo will adapt the material into a series. Eun-kyo wrote the script of Mother, a 2010 film directed by Palme D’Or winner and Oscar for best foreign film frontrunner for his masterpiece, ‘Parasite,’ Bong Joon-ho.

‘The Silent Sea’ is the latest Korean drama for Netflix. The streamer has started producing a ton of shows in the Asian country after the success of its period drama/zombie thriller, Kingdom. Last week, the streaming service struck a deal with Lee Eung-bok to adapt horror cartoon ‘Sweet Home’ into series. Other forthcoming originals are rom-com ‘Crash Landing on You,’ sci-fi action show, ‘The School Nurse Files,’ and romance ‘My Holo Love.’

Also check: New Korean dramas coming to Netflix in 2020

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