A reality show based on Netflix’s smash show “Squid Game” is coming to the streaming site, but contestants will face far less grave penalties.
Yes, you read it correctly: Netflix is putting on a live version of “Squid Game” (without any of the blood and gore).
The streaming platform has accepted “Squid Game: The Challenge,” a reality TV show that will pit 456 competitors against each other in a variety of challenges based on the successful show.
A $4.56 million prize is up for grabs, according to Netflix, making it the highest cash prize in reality TV history.
“The stakes are high, but walking home empty-handed is the worst fate in this game,” the company said in a statement on Tuesday.
Wanna play “Squid Game”? Netflix is looking for recruits to compete for millions of dollars and won’t slaughter losers
English-language speakers from all over the world can now audition for the show on Netflix. The filming will take place in the United Kingdom. Studio Lambert and The Garden, both of which are part of British broadcaster ITV, are co-producing the series.
“Squid Game,” which was released in 2021, rapidly became a global hit. With 1.65 billion hours of viewing time in the first 28 days of its debut, it is Netflix’s most-watched show of all time.
“Squid Game,” set in South Korea, shows 456 poor people risk their lives in various deadly children’s games in exchange for a massive monetary reward. The show’s creator, Hwang Dong-hyuk, drew inspiration for the play from his own family’s problems during the 2008 financial crisis. Officially, a second series is in the works.
“Squid Game: The Challenge,” according to Netflix, will include games from the first series as well as some “surprising new additions.” It will have a total of ten episodes.
Losing participants will not be killed, unlike the original, ultra-violent South Korean fictional show that became one of Netflix’s biggest-ever sensations last year.
The show could be a method for Netflix to monetize some of its lucrative material in order to attract new subscribers. The impact of rising prices, the elimination of Covid-19 limits, and competition from competitor corporations such as Disney are all causing headwinds for the company.
Players will participate “in a series of heart-stopping games,” according to Netflix, which describes the new reality show as its “biggest-ever social experiment.”
The original fictional series was viewed as a harsh satire on modern capitalism, with participants pulled from the margins of society playing children’s games for the chance to earn large sums of money — with the danger of death if they lost.
The news follows Netflix’s revelation that a second season of “The Squid Game” is on the way.
Hwang Dong-hyuk, the show’s creator, announced in April that the sequel would not be ready until 2024.