- Netflix announced a reality TV show based on its South Korean dystopian series, Squid Game.
- The prize money in the reality TV show is up to Rs. 35.56 crores ($4.56 million).
- The minimum age for registration is 21 years. They must be able to communicate in English and be available for filming for up to four weeks in early 2023.
In 2021, the Netflix series Squid Game was a massive hit. The South Korean series has been revived for a second season, with all eyes on the impending plot twists. According to the company, squid Game will now be converted into a reality programme on Netflix. The reality show, dubbed Squid Game: The Challenge, will include the largest cash reward in reality show history. The winner might win up to Rs. 35.56 crores ($4.56 million) in prize money. There will be 456 competitors on the programme, exactly as there were on the series.
It will not, however, be a life or death situation, as shown in the South Korean dystopian drama. Their strategies, relationships, and character will be put to the test as they participate in a series of games inspired by the original programme – plus some shocking new elements – while competitors are removed around them. The stakes are significant, but the worst outcome is leaving home empty-handed in this game.
Participants must be at least 21 years old to participate. They must be able to communicate in English and be ready for filming for up to four weeks in early 2023.
The 456 participants are a reference to the fictitious series with the same number of characters, with Seong Gi-hun, the protagonist, also referred to as Player 456.
The South Korean thriller series, directed by Hwang Dong-hyuk, took the world by storm and follows a group of debt-ridden people as they compete in a deadly series of children’s games for a large cash reward. With almost 1.65 billion view hours in the first 28 days after its September 2021 release, the scripted drama Squid Game holds the record for Netflix’s most popular series of all time.
Brandon Riegg, Netflix VP of Unscripted and Documentary Series, expresses gratitude to Hwang for his captivating story and iconic imagery. He went on to thank Hwang for his unconditional support in transforming this fictional series into a reality.
The 10-episode competition series will be recorded in the United Kingdom and is a collaboration between Studio Lambert (The Circle) and The Garden (24 Hours in A&E), both part of ITV Studios. Executive producers will be Studio Lambert’s Stephen Lambert, Tim Harcourt, Toni Ireland, and The Garden’s John Hay, Nicola Hill, and Nicola Brown.
Hwang Dong-hyuk, director, writer, and executive producer of Squid Game, mentioned that it took 12 years to complete the first season of Squid Game. On the other hand, it acquired the title of the most popular Netflix series ever within merely 12 days.