Netflix Will Produce its First Korean Original Series

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Netflix announced that it will develop its first Korean original series next year called “Love Alarm”, which will be based on a popular local webtoon.

Written by Korean novelist Chon Kye-young, the series will mark Netflix’s first screen adaptation of a local webtoon.

“As part of a viewer-friendly approach, we will roll out all the episodes of ‘Love Alarm’ at once instead of following the current trend of streaming one or two a week,” Netflix said.

The 12-episode series will be featured in all Netflix markets including South Korea.

According to Yonhap

The overall production will be spearheaded by Lee Jae-moon from Hidden Sequence, a newly-formed production company. Lee has already proven his prowess through his previous megahit drama series “Signal” and “Misaeng.”

The story talks about a commonly used device application that informs the user if someone within ten meters has romantic feelings for them and its grave consequences to society.

“The outlook on society that the webtoon portrays suits the character of Netflix well,” Chon was quoted as saying in a press release, adding that she is “excited that a Korean webtoon-based drama will be shared with more than 86 million Netflix subscribers worldwide.”

“With our leading global network, we look forward to spreading the value of cartoon-based content across the world as part of the ‘hallyu’ trend,” Netflix said, referring to the so-called wave of Korean pop culture worldwide.

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