Netflix is ramping up its original content output this year, and already it's commissioned a new series, its first from Korea.
'Love Alarm' is based on a South Korean web comic. The idea is an unknown developer releases an app that tells the user if someone within 10m has romantic feelings for them. Sound familiar? That's because there are a host of real-life apps that do just that.
However, there's a 'Black Mirror'-style twist to this tale: the app causes chaos. To say any more would ruin the story.
The comic was created by Kye Young Chon. The Netflix series will span 12 episodes, and will be produced by new production house Hidden Sequence.
"We want 'Love Alarm', the TV series, to exhibit the liveliness and expression of emotions, with visual treatments that will reflect Ms. Chon's vision when she created the story," said Jaemoon Lee from Hidden Sequence.
"It is an honour for Netflix to collaborate with a great storyteller like Ms. Chon and a visionary producer like Mr. Lee for our very first Korean original production," said Erik Barmack, VP international originals at Netflix. "Working together, we look forward to transforming this wildly imaginative story into a top-quality drama series for over 86 million Netflix members around the world."
It won't air until 2018. If you can't wait that long, you could always hunt out the original web comic. Though that might ruin the surprise, if the series sticks to the comic's storyline.