A mere two days after the streaming service ordered a second season of Hwang Dong-hyuk’s survival drama, a spin-off show has been announced that will bring its deadly rounds to life. (Without anyone actually being executed, thankfully!)
Squid Game: The Challenge is boasting the biggest-ever reality show grand prize – a staggering $4.56 million! Netflix teases that “the biggest risk is not playing”.
Just like in the drama series, 456 players will be selected from a worldwide casting search. Anyone interested can apply at SquidGameCasting.com, but be aware it’s going to an extremely grueling competition.
Players will have to test their physical and intellectual capability in games inspired by Squid Game in the UK – as well as endure terrifying new creations.
Netflix executive Brandon Riegg said today (June 14): “Squid Game took the world by storm with director Hwang’s captivating story and iconic imagery. We’re grateful for his support as we turn the fictional world into reality in this massive competition and social experiment
“Fans of the drama series are in for a fascinating and unpredictable journey as our 456 real-world contestants navigate the biggest competition series ever, full of tension and twists, with the biggest ever cash prize at the end.”
This 10-episode reality competition is being produced for Netflix by Gogglebox and The Circle‘s Studio Lambert in collaboration with 24 Hours in A&E‘s The Garden and ITV Productions.
The original series became Netflix’s most-watched series ever when it debuted last year, rocketing its cast to worldwide fame. Earlier this week, Netflix confirmed that a second season is in development.
Squid Game Star Opens Up On Filming Death Scene
Squid Game star Jung Ho-yeon, who plays number 067 in the hit show, has admitted that she felt strangely content when it came to filming her character’s death.
When the Korean thriller debuted on Netflix in September 2021, viewers were hooked, but the deadly nature of the games meant that many of the characters we’d grown to love were brutally killed off.
Ho-yeon’s character was one of those, dying in the final episode after being impaled with a shard of glass. But, despite our sadness, the actress actually found herself happy while filming it.
“Maybe it’s weird to say it, but while I [was] shooting my death scene, I was so happy. It was the most comfortable scene I ever had,” she told Variety. “It’s because I’ve been living with my character over a few months, and then there is a time that I have to let her go, and I kind of feel like I can happily let her go, because I can understand.
“Maybe not fully, but I’m the one who can understand her most in this world, so I know her stress, and I know how her life was [such a] struggle and hard. So it wasn’t that bad or sad.”
Despite her memorable performance in Squid Game and subsequent acclaim and awards, Ho-yeon recently revealed that she wasn’t initially pleased with her performance and texted director Hwang Dong-hyuk to apologise.
“We watched it, Squid Game, before it came out, like the actors, because we had to do, kind of promotion and event stuff, but I thought that… I thought that I f**ked up,” she said.
“The first message after I watched Squid Game to director Hwang was ‘I am so sorry, and thank you so much for casting me.’ I’m gonna cry, but it was so stressful. I was trying to prepare for the bad reactions and everything.”
Ho-yeon has since gone on to become one of the show’s biggest breakout stars, receiving a SAG Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series and becoming a fan favourite.