Squid Game on Netflix, a show about people risking their lives and occasionally killing one another on screen to pay off their debilitating debts, is becoming into a legitimate game show.
Yesterday, Netflix approved “Squid Game: The Challenge,” a reality competition program based on the well-liked South Korean drama. Fortunately, it won’t feature any “Hunger Games-style” killing competitions and will provide a $4.56 million cash prize. (That’s a lifetime supply of dalgona sweets!) With 456 contestants, it will not only have the largest cash reward in the history of competition shows, but it will also have the largest reality TV cast ever.
Netflix is currently accepting applications on SquidGameCasting.com for 456 English-speaking gamers. “Squid Game: The Challenge,” according to Netflix (Man vs Bee Season 2), will include ten episodes and be recorded in the United Kingdom.
Netflix has a promotional film showcasing scenes from the made-up Squid Game, but it hasn’t yet revealed what kinds of challenges the competitors would face in Squid Game: The Challenge. Vice President of unscripted and documentary series at Netflix, Brandon Riegg, praised Squid Game creator Hwang Dong-hyuk in a public statement about the new game show and cited the show’s global popularity as one of the factors in Netflix’s decision to make it a game show that the general public can take part in.
Players’ “plans, relationships, and character will be put to the test as opponents are eliminated around them as they compete via a variety of games inspired by the original program – with startling new elements,” it added.
Participants must be 21 years or older. They must be able to communicate in English and be available for up to 4 weeks of filming in early 2023.
The number 456 refers to the fictitious series’ main character Seong Gi-hun, who also goes by the moniker “Player 456,” and which has the same number of players.
In a dangerous series of kid’s games, the South Korean thriller series follows a group of indebted individuals striving for a huge cash prize.
In the first 28 days after its release, 111 million individuals streamed it, making it the most watched show on Netflix ever.
Hwang Dong-hyuk, the film’s director, writer, and executive producer, stated in a statement on Monday: “The first season of Squid Game premiered last year after a 12-year wait. But it took Squid Game 12 days to surpass all other Netflix programs in popularity.”
“Dir. Hwang’s ‘Squid Game’ captivated audiences with its iconic images and engrossing tale. In this significant competition and societal experiment, we’re grateful for his support, said Brandon Riegg, vice president of Netflix’s unscripted and documentary series. “Fans of the drama series are in for an exciting and surprising adventure as our 456 real-world contestants traverse the biggest competition series ever, full of suspense and turns, with the biggest ever cash reward at the conclusion,” reads a description of the tournament.
The information comes after Netflix’s announcement that Season 2 of “Squid Game” has also been approved. The firm announced that in the first 28 days after its launch in September 2021, the first season accumulated more than 1.65 billion view hours.
The advertisement for “Squid Game: The Challenge” depicts the recognizable robot doll with laser eyes but doesn’t specify the challenges that will be required of the competitors. (We hope no glass bridges are involved!) Both “Squid Game: The Challenge” and Season 2’s release date have not yet been announced.
It will surely be challenging to produce because it is impossible to have cameras tracking every player. Like in the TV series, many contestants will likely be eliminated in the first round. According to the streamer, Studio Lambert and The Garden will collaborate on “Squid Game: The Challenge.” Stephen Lambert, Tim Harcourt, Toni Ireland, John Hay, Nicola Hill, and Nicola Brown are executive producers.
The competition show “Million Dollar Island” from Studio Lambert will have 100 contestants and a $1 million reward in a format similar to “Survivor.” That stated, it will be interesting to see how “Squid Game: The Challenge” can handle the quadrupling of the number of players.
Whether the upcoming “Squid Game” competition series will be livestreamed is a frequently asked question.
Applications for Squid Game: The Challenge are now accepting submissions. Good luck, or whatever the proverbial saying is.