Netflix has announced it is bringing its megahit series Squid Game to life with a new reality competition series. The dystopian Korean drama series became the streaming giant’s “biggest TV show ever” after being released last year. Here’s what you need to know.
Fans will now be able to apply for Squid Game: The Challenge, which will see 456 real players enter the game in pursuit of a prize of $4.56 million. Netflix claims the show will host the largest cast and cash pot prize in reality TV history. The 10-part competition will see competitors battle through a series of games inspired by the original show, alongside some new additions.
Netflix Announces Casting Call For Squid Game Reality Series
Thankfully, the streamer has confirmed that the players will not face the deadly consequences of the drama series, and their worst fate will be going home empty-handed.
Brandon Riegg, Netflix vice president of unscripted and documentary series, said: “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.”
Meanwhile, and seeing how Squid Game has managed to generate almost $900 million for the online streaming giant in revenue, it shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone that season 2 is happening. The South Korean-based series is about indebted people in a deadly contest for a cash prize, generated $891.1 million in impact value, a metric the company uses to assess the performance from individual shows. Squid Game became Netflix’s most-watched series when it was released in September 2021. It inspired countless memes and Halloween costumes and kickstarted sales of green tracksuits.
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