After the huge success of Squid Game, Netflix decided to host a reality TV show of the same name inspired by the movie.
Squid Game is a South Korean television series written and directed by Hwang Dong-hyuk. The film stars Lee Jung-jae, Park Hae-soo, Wi Ha-joon, Jung Ho-yeon, O Yeong-su, Heo Sung-tae, Anupam Tripathi and Kim Joo-ryoung. The movie is released online by Netflix on September 17, 2021
The film is about a group of 456 people who risk their lives in 6 survival games to receive a total of 45.6 billion Won. The name of the movie is taken from a Korean folk game in the past. Hwang Dong-hyuk conceived this idea based on his own financial difficulties as a child, as well as the class disparity in Korea. Although he originally wrote in 2009, he couldn’t find a production company to finance the film until Netflix did around 2019 as part of their efforts to expand their service overseas. .
The film received critical acclaim and international attention. Attracting more than 142 million household members in its first 4 weeks of release, it is Netflix’s most watched series to date and overtakes Bridgerton as the most watched series with over 1, 65 billion hours in the first 28 days. The film also received many major awards such as the Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actor in a Drama by O Yeong-su, 3 awards at the 28th Screen Actors Guild Awards; including Best Lead Actress in a Drama Series for Lee Jung-jae and Jung Ho-yeon, among other awards. Besides that in the future, season 2 and even season 3 of the series is currently in development
And with the success beyond imagination, Netflix decided to “go big” when organizing a reality TV show also called Squid Game.
Netflix’s production side announced that it is recruiting 456 “English-speaking” players around the world, most especially, the prize is similar to the movie, which is 4.56 million USD (in the movie it is 45.6 billion won). The difference in the program is that if the player loses, he does not have to “log out of the earth”, because this game is only a challenge. The show is scheduled to shoot in the UK in the near future.
This move of Netflix is said to “warm up” the atmosphere before season 2 of Squid Game is released. And if this reality show is successful, it is also a solid premise for Netflix to develop more special shows in the future.
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