There is little doubt that Netflix has found yet another hit series in All of Us Are Dead. The South Korean high school zombie drama, which is based on a popular webtoon, is currently one of the most-watched shows on the streaming service. But how does it differ from the source material? Director Lee Jae-kyoo has explained the differences between his show and the original webtoon.
All of Us Are Dead is based on the webtoon Now at Our School by Joo Dong-geun which follows the students of Hyosan High School in the middle of a zombie infestation. The teenagers are trapped in their school where classmates and friends have turned into flesh-eating monsters and they must do what they can to survive.
In essence, All of Us Are Dead is a loose adaptation and Lee Jae-kyoo told Gossip Chimp pointed out that the live-action series took some of the characters' storyline into a different direction.
"It’s similar to the basic story in terms of the original work. The flow of the storyline also doesn’t depart much from the original," Lee said. "However, you might get the feeling that the show is different from the original as far as the specific situations that happen to some of the kids as well as what each of the characters are like."
It's safe to say that All of Us Are Dead isn't a strict adaptation of Now at Our School. However, the small changes were made to give the characters some depth. Either way, it worked so well for the series considering that people can't get enough of the show.
All of Us are Dead stars Park Ji-hoo as Nam On-jo, Yoon Chan-young as Lee Cheong-san, Cho Yi-hyun as Choi Nam-ra, Park Solomon as Lee Su-hyeok, and Yoo In-soo as Yoon Gwi-nam. The show also features Squid Game actress Lee Yoo-mi as Lee Na-yeon. It is currently streaming on Netflix.