Viu, a leading pan-regional OTT video service has unveiled its latest Viu Original series, Black. The upcoming series, which is an adaptation of the renowned CJ E&M Korean format of the same name, will be a localized version incorporating Malay mythology. Slated to air exclusively on Viu, the new eight-episode series stars popular artistes such as Kamal Adli, Siti Saleha, Nabila Huda, Zoey Rahman and more.
In the original Korean series, Black is a fantasy thriller romance drama that follows a grim reaper who enters the world of mortals and finds himself falling in love with a woman who can foresee death. All 18 episodes are available on Viu.
Viu’s Malaysian adaptation replaces the concept of grim reaper with Bunian (a supernatural being from another dimension in Malay folklore) and sets Black (played by Kamal Adli) off on a mission to track down his fugitive partner in the human world. Breaking a cardinal rule of his people, Black inhabits the body of Malik, a deceased police officer (also played by Adli) and assumes his identity in order to facilitate his investigation.
Despite detesting humans for their “primitive ways”, Black becomes entangled with Sofia (played by Siti Saleha), a woman whose ability to foresee death is key to his mission. Much to his chagrin, he finds himself falling for her – another cardinal sin. Along the way, they become embroiled in a 20-year-old unsolved murder case that leads back to their shared past.
Produced by Kuala Lumpur-based production company, Alpha47 Films, and co-directed by award-winning directors, Razaisyam Rashid and Kroll Azri, Black is set to air with four back-to-back episodes on December 17 and 24. Black will be available exclusively on Viu across its 17 markets spanning Asia, the Middle East and South Africa.
Viu-ers can watch the thrilling series on the Viu app which is available for free download on the Apple App Store, Google Play, and selected smart TVs, as well as on the web at www.viu.com.